Schools benefit from a diverse workforce where staff model equality of opportunity. To this end, we are currently running, in conjunction with the Institute of Education, a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) project, fully funded by the DfE. This dynamic programme aims to develop BAME middle leaders who aspire to senior leadership. The first tranche of participants completed this course in October 2017 and the feedback and evaluations have been tremendously positive. Many have already started applying for their next step up. We look forward to celebrating their success in their journey to senior leadership.
The current cohort will began their programme in January 2018, with some already securing next stage promotions to Senior Leadership.
Swanlea is currently a delivery centre for EAL in the Mainstream, an innovative trial programme which aims to provide professional support to classroom teachers so that they can enable students who do not have English as their first language to reach their potential. The training, which is funded by the Education Endowment Fund, is being delivered across England. Swanlea is a leading hub for schools across the South East of England.
The programme focuses on teachers of History and Science and provides participants with the opportunity to improve their awareness of students’ language development, the language demands of their own subjects, the specific characteristics of EAL learners and ultimately how they can change their practice.
The project is led by Ranjna Dudhia (Deputy Headteacher) and facilitated by Toni Mitchelmore (Associate Assistant Headteacher) and Lauren Clease (Literacy Coordinator).
Initial Teacher Training though the PGCE and School Direct Routes
We offer an outstanding teacher training programme at Swanlea; as a teaching school, we offer student teachers a positive and rewarding experience. The feedback we receive from our trainee teachers is overwhelmingly positive. We offer a full range of subjects and our experienced staff support all of our beginner teachers through their programmes by providing excellent mentoring, professional training, demonstrating good practice and offering consistent, fair and positive feedback.
Swanlea has excellent working relationships with higher education providers, such as the UCL Institute of Education, University of East London and King’s College.
As well as welcoming trainee teachers through the traditional PGCE route, we also provide school-based training through School Direct, both salaried and non-salaried, which is offered through the City Excellence Partnership.
The programme is led by Toni Mitchelmore (Associate Assistant Headteacher).