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Samantha Torr

Integrating Inclusive Practice for EAL Students

The Alpha Teaching School Hub has experienced an increase of EAL students in schools within areas it serves. 10.6% EAL Students are in Colchester; with 130 languages spoken with Romanian and Eastern European languages being the most common after English (2021 school census Essex County Council).

Similarities are drawn in Ipswich,
whereby 114 languages are spoken and the percentage of EAL students in schools are at 33% (School Census 2021. data supplied by Suffolk County Council). The number of pupils in England with English as an additional language has seen a dramatic increase over the years from 499,000 in 1997 to 1,171,101 in 2015 an increase of 135%. (Demie 2015:5; DfE


Leanne Craig

Taking part in the ECF as an ECT

I am a Primary ECT and this year I have been part of the pilot scheme for the Early Career Framework with the Educational Development Trust.  Although our initial training is really comprehensive, it is not the same as doing it on the job and that is where the Early Career Framework’s training and the modules that they provide really supports you by looking into your practice as a teacher, while you are doing it. 


Alan Newland

Not got a job yet for September?  Don't panic!

I can see that on Twitter lately, there’s a lot of posts from almost hysterical and panicking new teachers nearing the end of their training course who have not yet got a job for September.


If you're just finishing a teacher training course and haven't got a job yet, let me tell you from experience, it's still early days and definitely not the end of the world.

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Essex County Council

Achieving Bright Futures for Every Child and Young Person in Essex

I come into my new role as Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Skills and training from a realistic starting point. Realistic, at the scale of the challenges we face in supporting not only the education sector to recover as we emerge from the pandemic, but also in restoring the aspirations and confidence of children and young people across Essex. It’s a huge challenge.



NASBTT Case Study - Alpha Teaching School Hub

Alpha Teaching School Hub is the designated Hub for over 200 schools across Babergh, Colchester, Ipswich and Tendring. It is building a collaborative network which connects excellence for schools, and by schools, to provide the ‘Golden Threads’ of CPD at each stage of a teacher’s career including: ITT, Early Career Teachers, Appropriate Body commissioning, developing middle and senior leaders using National Professional Qualifications, and additional Continued Professional Development needs.


Department for Education

Six steps to successfully implementing the Early Career Framework reforms

Belinda Goodship is Subject Lead for Music and Professional Tutor at Bedford Free School, part of Advantage Schools. Advantage Schools were part of an early roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms. In this blog, she shares her school’s experience of being part of that early roll-out, and how other schools can successfully implement an ECF-based induction this September.


Samantha Torr

Neurons, Growth Mindset and Teaching

“We are not fixed; we are a work in progress” (Dr David Eagleman)

For years, I have had a fear of the water. The quote by the neuroscientist Dr David Eagleman resonated with me personally, as this year I took the plunge (excuse the pun) and learnt to swim. At age, 42 I told myself this would not be a problem, I would be able to swim and crack it within a month. How hard could it be...


Department for Education

Trainee teachers have really gone above and beyond this year

Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, this year’s trainee teachers have developed an impressive skillset. From supporting the teaching of classes or bubbles to delivering remote education - they’ve shown creativity, versatility and resilience.

We asked trainees from Teach North/Outwood Institute of Education to tell us about some of their standout moments from the last year.


Alan Newman

How to ace your job interview presentation

Most teaching jobs – whether you’re applying for a headship or first position – require candidates to do a presentation.


You may be given a specific topic or a general theme. It might last as little as 10 minutes or as long as half an hour. But whatever the circumstances you will very much be on show and marked on your performance.


Essex County Council

Education Recovery a Priority for Essex

The first meeting of the new Essex Education Task Force took place recently, marking the start of ambitious plans to address the short- and long-term impact of Covid-19 on children and young people’s education and emotional wellbeing.

The Task Force, which is independently chaired by Roy Blatchford CBE, was first announced at Essex County Council’s (ECC) Full Council meeting in February. It will initially be supported by a £1.5million investment from the county council’s reserves, of which £500,000 will be allocated specifically for children’s mental health.