About Us 2018-01-19T17:07:03+00:00

Who we are

NELTA is a large alliance of primary and secondary schools in North East London

About NELTA

NELTA is a Teaching Schools Alliance that thrives on strength through collaboration.

Beal High School is one of only 150 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the third wave (March 2013)

The designation by the National College for School Leadership entitles the school to lead the training and professional development for staff.

Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff.

They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

Teaching school alliances are led by a teaching school and include schools that are benefiting from support, as well as strategic partners who lead some aspects of training and development. Our strategic partners include other schools, universities, such as UCL and King’s College London, as well as private sector organisations. NELTA also works with other local alliances to share knowledge and resources as part of the North East London Teaching Schools Network.

Our main focus as an alliance is:

  • School-led initial teacher training – as well as working with UCL and King’s NELTA is also a very successful accredited provider of initial teacher training in its own right
  • Continuing professional development – we offer many programmes of CPD ranging from initial teacher training, through to programmes for NQTS, RQTs, middle and senior leaders as well as safeguarding, safer recruiting and first aid training
  • Supporting other schools – we have a well-established system of successful school to school support

As a teaching school alliance we identify, develop and co-ordinate expertise for the benefit of pupils across our network of schools, resulting in:

  • Better results for pupils
  • Fewer poorly performing schools
  • More good and outstanding schools
  • A self-improving and sustainable system

Our Team

Phil Bray
Phil BrayPrincipal NELTA
I take a lead on the activities of the teaching school alliance including our initial teacher training provision. We offer School Direct teacher training in both the salaried and non-salaried routes working with UCL and King’s College. NELTA is also an accredited teacher training provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in its own right. I co-ordinate the professional development training programmes, lead the provision of subject networks and support school to school support activities.
Catherine Burrard-Lucas
Catherine Burrard-LucasAssistant Principal NELTA
I support the NELTA Principal in leading the activities of the teaching school alliance and our initial teacher training provision. I help to co-ordinate the mentoring and tutoring for our trainee teachers as well as their teaching and learning and subject knowledge training. As an outstanding teacher of History and Politics I am also regularly deployed as part of our school to school support programme.
Kate McDermott (Terrell)
Kate McDermott (Terrell)Director of Professional Development
I support with the professional development of trainees/teachers including subject knowledge support for science teachers/trainees. I also take the lead on our Advancing Teacher Programme which supports teachers of all experiences to promote outstanding progress within their classrooms. I am also Vice Principal of BBIH (Beacon Business Innovation Hub) a 14-19 alternative provision co-located on the Beal campus.
Cornelia Panayiotou
Cornelia PanayiotouNELTA Manager
I manage all administrative aspects of NELTA activities including initial teacher training.
This includes the administration and co-ordination of training, events and meetings and the NELTA calendar. I organise, co-ordinate and participate in the teacher training interview process, liaising with HODs re lesson observations, interview timetable and database. I manage and administer UCAS web link and NCTL DMS systems and maintain trainee records. Enrolment for all trainees I take a lead on, including pre-employment compliance checks, DBS, Occupational Health, References and UK right to work.
 Bruno Garcia-Mendez
Bruno Garcia-Mendez Director of Professional Development
Outstanding subject specialist who supports the planning and delivery of initial teacher training programmes. Supports school based subject mentors in carrying out their roles. Assesses trainees against the Standards for QTS and quality assures the placement experience that trainees get in schools. Bruno also leads and co-ordinates the NQT programme at Beal High School. Bruno is also involved in supporting the school to school support programme and is a subject leader in our Subject Hubs programme.
Lorna Eales
Lorna Eales Programme Leader for PE - ITT
I am responsible for recruiting and supporting the development of PE trainee teachers throughout the alliance. I also support and train the Physical Education mentors throughout our strong partnership of schools.
Phil McDermott
Phil McDermottNELTA Tutor
I support the planning and delivery of initial teacher training programmes. This includes supporting school based subject mentors in carrying out their roles, assessing trainees against the Standards for QTS and quality assuring the placement experience that trainees have in schools. In addition I am Head of Core Subjects and SEN lead at the Beacon Business and Innovation Hub, a 14-19 alternative provision co-located on the Beal campus.
Rebecca Kantor
Rebecca Kantor NELTA Tutor
Outstanding subject specialist who supports the planning and delivery of initial teacher training programmes. Supports school based subject mentors in carrying out their roles. Assesses trainees against the Standards for QTS and quality assures the placement experience that trainees get in schools. Head of Music at Beal since September 2011. SLE able to extend support beyond own school into others, ensuring that all students receive the highest quality teaching and learning.
Natasha Kuriakose
Natasha KuriakoseNELTA Tutor
I am an outstanding subject specialist who supports the planning and delivery of initial teacher training programmes. I also support school based subject mentors in carrying out their roles. I assess trainees against the Standards for QTS and quality assure the placement experience that trainees get in schools. I am an English specialist and the Head of Creative Curriculum at The Forest Academy. I have worked with trainees as a Professional Mentor for Teach First and am also involved in supporting the School to School Support programme as a Professional Development Consultant.
Liz Irving
Liz Irving NELTA Hubs and School to School Support Co-ordinator
I lead our NELTA subject networks and co-ordinate School to School Support within and beyond NELTA.
The NELTA Subject Hubs are an initiative aiming to promote quality CPD, networking and greater cooperation at subject level across the alliance.
Our School to School Support programme provides a robust, personalized support package for all areas of the Secondary school sector, from improving the quality of teaching to leadership coaching, behaviour management, policies and systems, successful data tracking and intervention, curriculum design, timetabling, preparation for Ofsted, financial management and individual subject support. We have a number of talented staff at all levels across the alliance who are able to offer guidance and support working with colleagues and leaders in other schools.
Ingrid Tully
Ingrid TullyTrust Services Manager
Ingrid is an experienced and highly effective school manager. Ingrid takes a lead on NELTA and School Direct finance administration and also offers support with trainee services such as ID and student cards.
Kathryn Burns
Kathryn BurnsChief Executive Officer/Accounting Officer

NELTA Partners

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FAQ

Why are some places with NELTA, some with UCL and some with King’s as the accredited provider? 2017-10-20T09:46:55+00:00

This just depends on the subjects that those providers offer for teacher training. The courses all lead to QTS.

What is the difference between QTS and PGCE? 2017-09-04T13:04:55+00:00

QTS means you have qualified teacher status- this means that you are qualified to teach in any school in England. A PGCE is a post- graduate certificate in education. This means you have a Masters level certificate in the study of education. You can have QTS without a PGCE which will allow you to teach. You can have a PGCE without QTS which means you will have a Masters level qualification but you are not qualified to teach in a school (this is not common). Or you can have both a PGCE and QTS which means you are qualified to teach in England and possibly beyond and have a Masters level qualification in education.

I am approaching my RBD date on UCAS what does this mean? 2017-09-04T13:04:02+00:00

On your reject by default (RBD) date if a provider has not made you an offer for their programme you will be rejected by default. If providers have not responded at all and you are approaching your RBD it may be that your application has been unsuccessful. This should be communicated with you via e mail. It is worth contacting the NELTA team at Beal High school to check there has not been an error with UCAS. If you know that a school has recommended you to an accredited provider (King’s or UCL) but you are approaching your RBD date and have not heard from the accredited provider please ensure that you have contacted the professional development team at Beal who can chase the provider for you. Providers can get your application back after this date if they need to but this is complicated.

What does RBD mean? 2017-09-04T13:03:24+00:00

Reject By Default date. If a provider doesn’t get back to you by this date UCAS will automatically reject you.

I can’t attend my interview date what should I do? 2017-09-04T13:02:50+00:00

Notify the admin team as soon as you know you cannot attend so we can try and arrange another date. We do however advise that where possible you keep interview dates. We interview on a fortnightly cycle and once places are filled vacancies will be closed on UCAS and you can no longer apply.

After the interview with NELTA how long will it be until I know if I have been successful? 2017-09-04T13:01:28+00:00

The team will endeavour to let you know within a week if you are successful or not. We will notify you via e mail. However if UCL or King’s are your accredited provider this does not mean you have a place yet as the university has the final say. NELTA will recommend you to the university and we will notify you of this within a week if possible.

When I apply through UCAS for the salaried route what options do I choose? 2017-10-20T09:50:37+00:00

On the UCAS ‘Search for training programmes website you can then search for the programme by course type, outcomes or even the individual provider such as the lead school (Beal High School) or HEI provider (NELTA)

I am applying from another country will I have to attend an interview? 2017-09-04T12:59:38+00:00

Yes. In order for you to be considered for a place the schools need to see you interacting with their students. The accredited providers will also want you to attend an interview with them. As such you need to make arrangements to be available for interview.

What support is there? 2017-09-04T12:59:13+00:00

One of the benefits of training through a School Direct programme is the level of support that you get. You will have a subject mentor in school who will meet with you weekly and discuss your training needs. In addition you should be shadowing a range of staff members within a department who will all support you with planning and give you feedback. We have a team of NELTA Professional Development Tutors who will also provide support, information, advice and guidance. We also offer an intensive few days of training before you go into your first placement where we will teach you the basics of teaching and learning. If King’s or UCL are your accredited provider you will also have a university tutor who will also monitor your progress and give you feedback.

How is it assessed? 2017-09-04T12:58:18+00:00

You will be observed regularly by your subject mentor, some of these will be formal and will be used as evidence you are meeting the Teachers’ Standards. In addition you will be observed by a Tutor from your accredited provider who will give you feedback on your progress. You will complete a number of assignments assignments and create a folder of evidence to show you are meeting the Standards.

When and where is the second placement? 2017-09-04T12:57:29+00:00

Second placements will happen just after the February half term. The placement will depend on the availability and space at each school. This will be negotiated with you. One of the benefits of training through NELTA is that most of our placements are in the same area and we will negotiate the placements with you.

Will I be expected to teach subjects other than the one I am training in? 2017-09-04T12:57:03+00:00

Possibly but this is rare. The other subject will not make up a large part of your teaching load and will typically be lower down the school (KS3). This would only be the case for closely related subjects and only due to the way that schools timetable certain subjects. For example you may be training in History but will have to teach KS3 Geography because schools have Humanities at KS3 rather than separate subjects. If you are teaching science most schools do not separate the sciences before A level and you may be expected to teach all 3 to GCSE.

Will I be left on my own? 2017-09-04T12:56:13+00:00

Not completely. You will not be employed by the school and as such you will not have your own timetable but will be taking the classes of experienced teachers. As such the classroom teacher should always be around. We have found that a little bit of time in the classroom on your own can benefit you so some teachers may sit in a nearby office in case you need anything or will pop out for a few minutes during your lessons. You should not be taking classes unsupported with no one around.

When will I start teaching? 2017-09-04T12:55:37+00:00

Your first school placement will begin in early October .You will be invited to spend three days at Beal prior to starting University. There will be a number of workshops on theses three days looking at the basics of teaching and learning.

Will I have to attend more than one interview? 2017-09-04T12:53:11+00:00

This depends on which accredited provider you are applying with. If you are applying with NELTA as your accredited provider you will attend an interview at Beal High School and if successful you will be offered a place. If you are applying with UCL as your accredited provider you will have an interview at Beal High School first and then we will recommend you to UCL for further interview. They will look at your application and hopefully offer you a second interview. After this if successful you will be offered a place. If you are applying with King’s as the accredited provider they will usually short list and invite you to interview. After this you will be recommended to us and we will do a second interview. This can sometimes be the other way round because of time constraints.

When do the interviews take place? 2017-09-04T12:52:10+00:00

NELTA will interview you as soon as they can and we tend to hold an interview day every two weeks. If you have applied with King’s as your accredited provider they often interview first and your second interview will be by us as soon as King’s have recommended you. Interviews at NELTA occur on Wednesdays.

Will I get a bursary? 2017-10-20T10:02:49+00:00

This will depend on the subjects that you teach. More information about current bursaries can be found here

Is there a difference between the accredited providers? 2017-09-04T12:46:47+00:00

Not really. The courses, assignments and assessments are very similar for each of the providers. The only difference really is where you go for the training. The only real difference if that if NELTA is your accredited provider the fees are less because you do not get a PGCE.

Is there a benefit to having a PGCE? 2017-09-04T12:45:49+00:00

Not really. If you plan to teach in England there is really no difference. Employers don’t regard it as something that is needed. If you plan to teach elsewhere some may want evidence of a PGCE.

Do I need to have a PGCE to teach? 2017-09-04T12:45:10+00:00

No. In England you only need QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Will I get a PGCE at the end of this course? 2017-09-04T12:44:17+00:00

If you train with King’s or UCL as your accredited provider you will be awarded QTS and you will get a PGCE. If you train with NELTA you will get qualified teacher status only (QTS). We are investigating the possibility of Masters level credits.

How much will this cost? 2017-10-20T09:52:09+00:00

This depends on who your accredited provider is. If you train with King’s or UCL their fees are £9250 for the course. If you train with NELTA as your accredited provider our fees are £7500 (2018/2019).

I am approaching my RBD date on UCAS what does this mean? 2017-09-04T12:42:58+00:00

On your reject by default (RBD) date if a provider has not made you an offer for their programme you will be rejected by default. If providers have not responded at all and you are approaching your RBD it may be that your application has been unsuccessful as this should be communicated with you via e mail. It is worth contacting the NELTA team at Beal High school to check there has not been an error with UCAS. If you know that a school has recommended you to an accredited provider (King’s or IOE) but you are approaching your RBD date and have not heard from the accredited provider please ensure that you have contacted the professional development team at Beal who can chase the provider for you. Providers can get your application back after this date if they need to but this is complicated.

What does RBD mean? 2017-09-04T12:42:21+00:00

Reject by default date. If a provider doesn’t get back to you by this date UCAS will automatically reject you.

I can’t attend my interview date what should I do? 2017-09-04T12:41:47+00:00

Notify the admin team as soon as you know you cannot attend so we can try and arrange another date. We do however advise that where possible you keep interview dates. We interview on a fortnightly cycle and once places are filled they will be removed from UCAS and the vacancy closed.

After the interview with NELTA how long will it be until I know if I have been successful? 2017-09-04T12:40:31+00:00

The team will endeavour to let you know within a week if you are successful or not. We will notify you via e mail. However if the IOE or King’s are you accredited provider this does not mean you have a place yet as the university has the final say. NELTA will recommend you to the university.

How many interviews will I have? 2017-09-04T12:39:15+00:00

Usually one. As you are a salaried trainee you will be asked to attend an interview (usually at the school in which you will ultimately be employed). At the end of that day if you have applied with NELTA as your accredited provider we could potentially offer you a position if you are successful. If you have applied and King’s or the IOE are your accredited provider at the end of your school interview, if successful we will recommend you to the HEI. They will scrutinize your application and let us know their decision. As part of their quality assurance they occasionally interview a salaried applicant so you may be invited to a second interview.

When I apply through UCAS to the Salaried route for School Direct what options do I choose? 2017-09-04T12:38:45+00:00

On the UCAS website click the link at the top for teacher training. Then once on that page click the link for use our search tool. You can then search for the programme by course type by selecting school direct salaried or you can search by school (Beal High School).

I am applying from another country will I have to attend an interview? 2017-09-04T12:36:50+00:00

Yes. With the salaried route you will be expected to teach lessons from September on your own and because of this the school and department needs to be confident that you can do this. This means you will have to deliver a learning experience during the interview day to a group of students at the school in which you will be employed (if successful). You will have to attend the interview date and deliver this experience to be considered.

Do I need to have worked in a school to apply for this route? 2017-09-04T12:15:23+00:00

No. The salaried route is for people that have 3 years work experience but this can be in any field. Some experience of what goes on inside a UK classroom would be useful for your application and for your interview.

What is the difference between the accredited providers (NELTA and UCL/IOE)? 2017-10-20T09:56:19+00:00

They are just different HEIs that can award QTS. The courses are very similar. There will be subject knowledge support days, pedagogical theory support days, an assignment to write, regular observations by a tutor and a portfolio of evidence that each of the standards have been met. The only difference is the place that you will go to for the training.

Why are some places with NELTA and some with UCL/IOE as the accredited provider? 2017-10-20T09:58:47+00:00

This just depends on the subjects that those providers offer for School Direct. The courses are all very similar.

Is there a benefit to having a PGCE? 2017-09-04T12:12:54+00:00

Not really. If you plan to teach in England there is really no difference. Employers don’t regard it as something that is needed. If you plan to teach elsewhere some will want evidence of a PGCE.

Do I need a PGCE to teach? 2017-09-04T12:12:21+00:00

No, to teach in England you only need QTS.

What is the difference between QTS and PGCE? 2017-09-04T12:09:40+00:00

QTS means you have qualified teacher status- this means that you are qualified to teach in any school in England. A PGCE is a post- graduate certificate in education. This means you have a Masters level certificate in the study of education. You can have QTS without a PGCE which will allow you to teach. You can have a PGCE without QTS which means you will have a Masters level qualification but you are not qualified to teach in a school (this is not common). Or you can have both a PGCE and QTS which means you are qualified to teach in England and possibly beyond and have a Masters level qualification in education.

Can I get a PGCE after I have completed this course? 2017-09-04T12:10:08+00:00

If you followed the salaried route with King’s or the IOE as an accredited provider there is the potential for you to complete the two additional assignments in the year after your course completion and pay for all three of your assignments (one from the training year and the two additional ones) to be marked at Masters level. This would be subject to agreement with the HEI. If NELTA was your accredited provider unfortunately we cannot offer Masters level accreditation at the moment but this is under review.

Will I get a PGCE on this course? 2017-09-04T12:08:43+00:00

No. The salaried route is for QTS (qualified teacher status) only.

Will I be used to cover lessons? 2017-09-04T12:07:47+00:00

You may, but generally not for more than one hour a week. Timetable allocations for salaried trainees are generally half that of a full time member of staff and in order for this to be financially viable for the employing school (to employ the equivalent of half a teacher and contribute to provider fees) the employing school may then need to use you for cover. This will be minimal (once per week).

Where and when will my 4 week placement at a contrasting school be? 2017-09-04T12:05:02+00:00

This really depends and will be decided in negotiation with department heads. The time that your 4 week placement occurs will depend on the school and department you are employed by. Some of our accredited providers insist that you do this placement as a 4 week block and we will try and organise swaps with other schools with a trainee in the same subject to minimise the disruption to school timetables. This will be in negotiation with you and the department heads. If you train with King’s or NELTA as you accredited provider you may be able to do your contrasting placement in smaller blocks or even one day per week if the timetable allows. The school you end up in will need to be a contrasting experience to the school in which you are employed. The senior member of staff responsible for teacher training in your employing school will discuss this with you.

My Degree is not from the UK will I have to do another degree? 2017-09-04T12:04:29+00:00

The minimum requirement is the equivalent of a UK bachelors degree with honours classified at 2.2 or above. If you degree is from another country you will be asked to provide evidence of equivalency. NARIC is the organisation which will check these degrees and provide you with a certificate of equivalency. You will need to contact NARIC and send us the certificate. If your NARIC equivalency certificate states that your degree is the same level as a UK bachelors with honours at a 2.2 classification you will have met the entry requirements. If it states ordinary degree or lower or 3 rd class unfortunately you do not meet the entry requirement and we will not be able to process your application further.

Will I need to complete the teacher’s skills tests? 2017-09-04T12:04:04+00:00

You will need to complete these tests before you start on your course. There can sometimes be a 60 day wait for this test so the sooner you book it the better. Any offer you receive will always be conditional on you passing these tests and so you cannot start the course without providing evidence of these.

Will I need a DBS before I apply? 2017-09-04T12:03:31+00:00

You can apply without a DBS check but any offer you may be made will be dependent on you having one and being cleared to work with children. This will need to be completed before you start the course . DBS checks will be organised by the provider or the employing school in the case of the salaried route.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of this course? 2017-09-04T12:03:02+00:00

If you train through NELTA and complete the course there is an expectation of employment at the end. This is subject to availability and may not be at the school in which you trained. We have very high employment rates for our trainees.

How is my progress assessed? 2017-09-04T12:02:07+00:00

Observations, assignments a portfolio of evidence you have met the assignments. You will be observed regularly by your mentor and given feedback, some of these observations will be formal and will be recorded and used as part of your portfolio of evidence. You will need to keep a folder of evidence that demonstrates you have met each standard. You will also have assignments that you will need to complete.

How often will I be observed? 2017-09-04T12:01:36+00:00

You should be observed regularly by your subject mentor (about once per fortnight) initially. This is so they can check your progress and give you feedback. It may be that they will observe you less as you become more skilled at your classroom practice. You will also have a NELTA tutor who should observe you at least once per term. Those who are training with King’s or the IOE as their accredited provider will also have a university tutor who should observe them at least once per term. The purpose of these observations will be to provide feedback and check progress.

Which school will I be based at? 2017-09-04T11:56:51+00:00

This depends on vacancies at schools. The Head of Department from the school you will be based in will be present at your interview. Sometimes we recommend trainees to other schools because we feel they would fit in well there, this would be communicated with you via e mail. If you are in doubt please contact NELTA.

Will I be expected to teach subjects other than the one I am training in? 2017-09-04T11:56:32+00:00

Possibly but this is rare. The other subject will not make up a large part of your teaching load and will typically be lower down the school (KS3). This would only be the case for closely related subjects and only due to the way that schools timetable certain subjects. For example you may be training in history but will have to teach KS3 Geography because schools have ˜humanities’ at KS3 rather than separate subjects. If you are teaching science most schools do not separate the sciences before A level and you will be expected to teach all 3 to GCSE.

When do I start teaching? 2017-09-04T11:55:51+00:00

You will be employed by the school from September and so will need to begin teaching from then.

Will I be left on my own? 2017-09-04T11:55:29+00:00

As a salaried trainee you will be expected to teach lessons from September and will have your own timetable. It is unlikely that you will be team teaching these classes and so you for the most part you will be planning these lessons, assessing progress, marking and liaising with parents. You will have a subject mentor who should observe you regularly and a NELTA tutor who should observe you at least once per term. Those who are training with King’s or the IOE as their accredited provider will also have a university tutor who should observe them at least once per term. The purpose of these observations will be to provide feedback focusing on what is working well and where the areas for development are.

Will I be expected to teach A level classes? 2017-09-04T11:54:53+00:00

For the purpose of your course you need to teach across two consecutive age ranges. This is usually KS3 and 4 but for some subjects such as social sciences where there is often no KS3 course it may be KS4 to 5. It may be useful for you to gain some A level experience if you teach in a school that has a Sixth form but due to the high stakes exams for the students this would need to be in negotiation with the Head of the Department.

How many lessons will I be expected to teach if I am doing the salaried route? 2017-09-04T11:54:06+00:00

This can vary from school to school and can reach up to 90% of a normal teacher’s timetable. If you decide to train through NELTA we recommend that you will start on 50% of a normal teacher timetable; This works out to be around 10 lessons a week at Beal High School ( this may be different at other schools). We are generous with this as we recognise that your training year is challenging and you need time to reflect, plan effectively and complete assignments or training. The idea is that as you go through the year you will take on more classes within your timetable. This is subject to availability and timetabling constraints and may more or less than this. Timetables are normally drafted in June and finalised in July. You should check with the Head of the Department in the school you are working at for more information.

How much will this course cost? 2017-09-04T11:52:25+00:00

Nothing. The school will pay any accredited provider fees on your behalf and will pay you a salary.