London East Teacher Training Alliance

London East Teacher Training Alliance
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"The quality of the training, school experience and support is outstanding"
-LETTA student

"We have been supported, encouraged and motivated to be the best that we can be."

"A fantastic course; quality learning and brilliant support."
-LETTA student

"I've learnt such a diverse range of things which I've been able to try out."

"Led by people who demonstrate wisdom and a love of what they do."
-LETTA student

About Us

London East Teacher Training Alliance (LETTA)

Who is in the alliance?

London East Teacher Training Alliance is a group of  good and outstanding schools across Tower Hamlets and Newham, all with a common vision. We believe that all children deserve the best quality teachers and we are priviliged to be directly involved in developing future generations of outstanding teachers. We offer teacher training through a school based approach and in addition to this an award of a PGCE with Masters credits through our HEI partner Sheffield Hallam University. We also have a working partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Newham workforce development and recruitment departments.

Alliance Schools Tower Hamlets:

Bygrove Primary School

Marner Primary School

Alice Model Nursery School

Children's House Nursery School

Stebon Primary School

Phoenix Primary and Secondary School (special)

Alliance Schools Newham:

Sandringham Primary School

St Helen’s Primary School


What is special about us?

  • Quality, quality, quality
  • Training takes place in schools of a high calibre, always
  • Mentoring by outstanding teachers who we train in coaching techniques and effective lesson observation & feedback. Mentors and candidates are able to study and learn together for Masters credits
  • Top quality candidates selected by the Head Teachers from the alliance.
  • An Inspirational training programme designed by us using experts we know from a variety of organisations.

How does the alliance work?How The Alliance Works

Lead school:

Bygrove Primary is the lead school and manages the alliance.

Alliance school:

These schools play an active role in designing and delivering the programme. They commit to mentoring trainees regardless of own demand. The lead school is also an alliance school.

Associate school:

These schools participate in the programme as their own demand dictates.

Other schools:

Play no part in training teachers but may employ teachers trained by alliance schools.

Training with LETTA:

 We have a total of 40 School Direct places 15  salaried and 25 unsalaried with opportunities to work across either EYFS and KS1 or KS1 and KS2.  These 40 trainees will take part in an identical core training programme with a specialist strand for EYFS. This programme was based on the previous GTP programme which was highly successful not only in terms of the calibre of teacher produced but also in the 100% employment history of all trainees and this is a legacy we are committed to maintain and develop to ensure outstanding teachers for future generations of children. In addition to this, the London East Consortium GTP provision was graded outstanding by OFSTED in 2013. There is an expectation that those trained through LETTA will be offered teaching posts within the alliance and associate schools subject to being awarded QTS.

School Direct places offered through LETTA will lead to an award of PGCE, up to 30/40 credits towards a Masters Degree and qualified teacher status (QTS). The School Direct programme will  last one year full-time.

Most of your time will be spent in school with one day a week training. You will benefit from the combined expertise of the LETTA schools, university lecturers and a wide range of renowned experts in their fields, for example: Dr Bill Rogers, Dylan Wiliam, Jenny Mosely, Barry Hymer. In the autumn term you will experience an alternative key stage, four week placement, in your main training school. During the spring term you will have the opportunity to complete a second six week placement in an alternative school. There will also be a requirement for you to spend up to 3 days in a secondary school and EYFS setting. The precise structure and content of the school-based elements of the year will depend on the school where you spend the majority of your training. All our schools offer a range of additional continuing professional development opportunities including observation of outstanding practice.

All trainees have access to: university libraries, as well as LETTA's own resources; virtual learning environment; tutor support.

The School Direct programme leader will oversee your training from induction to qualification. In addition to this we offer a high level of pastoral support. All of our trainees are supported by a class-based mentor,  who undertake a specialised training programme (designed by LETTA) prior to commencement of taking on a trainee.

What we are looking for:

  • potential and desire to teach
  • ability to reflect and analyse
  • very good literacy and numeracy skills
  • an understanding of the role of the teacher
  • capacity to work within a team
  • sensitive to the diverse needs of children and adults
  • awareness of educational issues
  • personal qualities required for the teaching role ie resilience, self awareness, managing own time effectively
  • an understanding of the place of the school within the community

There will be two possible routes into the School Direct programme, each with different entry criteria. 

School Direct (salaried)

This is an employment based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career or working experience and hold a 2:1 degree or above and/or a second higher degree (exceptional students with a 2:2 may be considered with additional supported evidence). Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher (scale point 1) by their sponsor school. 

School Direct (unsalaried)

Open to all graduates with a minimum of a 2.2 degree. Tuition fees are paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from NCTL.

In some cases trainees will apply with a school who has agreed to sponsor them - this is not a guarantee of an interview or a place. In all other cases successful candidates  will be placed in LETTA school.



  • Primary KS1 & KS2 (salaried)
  • Primary KS1 & KS2 (unsalaried)
  • Primary KS1 with Early Years (salaried)
  • Primary KS1 with Early Years (unsalaried)

Detailed information is included in our Trainee Handbook.

To apply: