Lewisham Teaching Schools Alliances

Lewisham has a number of teaching schools alliances. Find out more about teaching schools and what the alliances in Lewisham do on this page.

What are teaching school alliances?

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.

More information from central government can be found here

Teaching schools will be expected to play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where:

  • trainee teachers learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring
  • professional development is school-based and classroom focused – teachers, support staff and leaders improve through exposure to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers
  • talent development and distributed leadership are the norm – staff demonstrating potential are encouraged to lead and are  given structured and stretching opportunities to grow and develop
  • leaders have local knowledge and can identify where key resources and expertise lie

As well as offering training and support, teaching schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise in partner schools, using the best leaders and teachers to:

  • play a greater role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training)
  • lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development)
  • identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management)
  • provide support for other schools
  • designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
  • engage in research and development activity

Lewisham has four teaching school alliances.

  1. Education Teaching Alliance Lewisham (ETAL- Haseltine and Fairlawn plus partners)
  2. South Thames Early Education Partnership (STEEP - Chelwood and Clyde Nursery Schools plus partners)
  3. Atlas (Haberdashers' Aske's Leathersellers Federation plus partners)
  4. Endeavour (Tidemill Academy plus partners)

South Thames Early Education Partnership


South Thames Early Education Partnership and Teaching School Alliance (STEEP). A partnership of six South London, Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres, who have a long history of high quality Early Years provision, and initial teacher education with Goldsmiths, University of London.

We believe every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and provides the foundation for children to make the most of their own abilities and talents as they grow.

STEEP's mission is to support those working with young children and their families through the provision of a range of high quality professional development opportunities including:


  • Support and Training for Childminders,
  • Initial Teacher Education,
  • CPD for Early Years professionals in schools and settings.


Education Teaching Alliance Lewisham

ETAL is committed to offering an outstanding range of professional learning opportunities, leadership development, school led initial teacher training, school-to-school support and research opportunities.

Teaching Schools and their alliances are at the forefront of the change towards a school-led system. 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. ETAL was one of the first 100 schools in the UK to be designated in 2011.

Endeavour Teaching School Alliance

We are an alliance of four primary schools located across London, REAch2 and the Institute of Education. Our alliance strives to continually develop its staff as well as offering support to other teachers both within England and internationally (Europe, Africa and Asia....so far). We understand the value of continued professional development and are fortunate to be able to draw upon our own talented staff to continually challenge and improve our practice as an alliance.

Schools in our alliance have been and continue to be at the forefront of initial teacher education. Over the years we have experienced great success in supporting and developing trainees on several programmes including Teach First, the Graduate Teacher Programme and the PGCE. We work closely with the Institute of Education, with whom we share a bespoke partnership in relation to initial teacher training.

In developing qualified teachers we place great importance on the practicality and relevance of our programmes. Schools in our alliance lead a number of high quality programmes including a Newly Qualified Teacher Induction programme , Outstanding Teacher programme and Speech and Language in the Primary classroom programme. We have Specialist Leaders of Education and senior teachers who design and implement bespoke support packages for schools in a wide variety of areas.

ATLAS Education Teaching Alliance

Atlas is a partnership of Federations that comprise fourteen South East London and North Kent schools encompassing all phases of primary and secondary education from early years to post 16.

At Atlas’ core is its shared moral determination to improve the learning and achievement of all young people within our schools. This will be achieved through our unapologetic focus upon improving the quality of teaching and learning across the alliance.

This is a school led systems leadership approach providing high quality professional learning, teacher training, school-to-school support, phase/subject audits and reviews to allow the partnership to realise its key ambition i.e. better outcomes for all our children. Atlas believes that through this partnership, collaboration between practicing teachers and professionals can be strengthened and developed to improve teaching and learning.

They have also partnered to provide a one stop shop for CPD via a new website.