Go from a volunteer to a Headteacher

The Professional Pathway

Start your journey with the HTSA.

From volunteer work to initial teacher training to senior leader development, we offer a range of professional development within the backdrop of a nurturing and committed community of Hackney schools. We aim to support and develop teachers at every level via a comprehensive range of courses delivered by a network of committed experts.



→ On the job training through a post-graduate Teacher Apprenticeship with PGCE.


Are you a graduate looking to take those first steps into teaching? Train with the HTSA, get your career off to a strong start on our post-graduate teacher apprenticeship and continue your journey along our professional pathway with some of Hackney’s most successful schools.

The HTSA is a long standing, supportive partnership of 16 schools incorporating secondary, primary and specialist provision. The alliance is steered by our executive board which is comprised of two outstanding National Teaching Schools, Kingsmead Primary School, Clapton Girls' Academy, and an outstanding National Support School, Stormont House School. Along with our network of partnership schools we work to improve the quality of teaching and leadership through effective collaboration and personalised support. Who we are

Why train with us?

  • We offer a structured training route going beyond initial teacher training (Teaching Apprenticeship) to senior leadership.

  • Our high retention of teachers based on our reputation for excellence in initial teacher training.

  • The schools in our network are diverse and we carefully match trainees to ensure a successful fit.

  • Whilst gaining invaluable experience in the classroom, you will be supported by knowledgeable experts from within our schools who will mentor you towards Qualified Teacher Status plus a PGCE.

  • This is a school led, employment based route meaning that you earn a salary during your training and there are no tuition fees to pay, these are met by the apprenticeship levy.

  • We offer a supportive local network lead by specialists with expertise in teacher development.

  • The opportunity to access additional high quality professional development through our HTSA training programme which is designed to complement the offer from London Metropolitan University.

We work in partnership with London Metropolitan University (LMU) to offer highly successful post-graduate Primary Teacher Apprenticeships.

Trainees can expect:

  • Fortnightly face-to-face training sessions at the LMU Holloway Road campus in Islington, combined with school-based off-the-job training to make up 20% of the overall course.

  • An on-line reflective portfolio for academic assignments, reflections which allow evidence-building for QTS and EPA (End Point Assessment).

  • Access to the University’s facilities, e.g. Library, resources, Students’ Union, student support services, campus facilities.

  • LMU’s Focus on the London Context: Training designed to meet the needs of apprentices working in London schools.

  • A course that is underpinned by the principles of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child (UNCRC).

  • Professional and Academic support from highly a experienced team of tutors, who are ITT professionals. Tutors make regular visits to observe and ensure that trainees are on track.

  • Quality Assurance from the university’s ITT team, to advise and ensure that individual school programmes are viable and compliant.


Potential applicants are required to be employed as an unqualified teacher on a full-time basis and paid from £21,641.

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Thought provoking and supportive ←

The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance NQT programme is a successful professional development opportunity for newly qualified primary teachers.

The programme will equip primary teachers from a wide range of training providers to work in inner London schools. Our NQT Programme draws on the experience of expert practitioners, meeting the needs of new teachers through a range of practical input. Sessions are lively, thought-provoking and supportive with demonstrable impact.

Who is the training aimed at?

Newly Qualified Teachers at primary phase

What is the duration of the training?

1 full day session every half term and 1 twilight session every half term

£900 for alliance members including appropriate body (all members get one free place).

£1100  for non-alliance members including appropriate body.


→ Successful Classroom Practice.

The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance is offering this practical course for primary teachers in their second or third year of teaching to ensure that after completion of their NQT year, they are supported to hone their classroom skills and develop as exemplary practitioners.

By harnessing the professional learning techniques we know impact most in the classroom; peer observation, self-reflection and collaboration, teachers will work together to explore best practice, define what successful teaching and learning looks like and embed this in their classrooms.


Primary teachers in their second or third year of teaching who demonstrate the ability to become highly effective practitioners. You must demonstrate a strong commitment to improving their classroom practice and to professional development. We will only accept teachers who are willing to be reflective, to collaborate and to open up their classrooms to their peers and to SLEs. Teachers attending must be willing to summarise the impact of their learning for a presentation to a panel of senior HTSA staff who lead on Teaching and Learning.

This is a six part course is taught via three live sessions with three gap tasks in between.

Participants will cover the following as well as much more:

  • Building a positive climate for learning

  • Understanding the learning journey

  • Responding to the needs of learners

  • Harnessing formative assessment throughout lessons

The last live session will be presented by the author of ‘Teaching Backwards’ - Mark Burns. Drawing upon the learning from his bestselling publication, it will focus on unpicking, analysing and then most importantly providing time for teachers to apply ‘thinking steps’ to planning for progression through a module of learning or topic. The day will finish with presentations based on the impact of the learning taken place to a panel of senior HTSA staff.

HTSA members are entitled to one free place.. £600 for additional HTSA members. £900 for non-alliance members.

Middle Leader

The Middle Leader Programme ←

The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance is delighted to offer this highly interactive and practical programme for teaching staff in middle-leadership roles. By identifying and developing the skills and qualities required for

effective leadership in schools, participants are given the tools to manage, lead, and inspire their teams – now and in the future.

Who should Attend?

Teachers currently in, or potentially moving into middle leadership roles. We are looking for the high-performers of the future. If you believe you have the ambition, commitment, confidence, passion and courage to face the challenges of management and leadership in our schools, we encourage you to apply. If you want to encourage a culture of healthy challenge, celebration, high-achievement, emotional intelligence and trust in school, this is the programme for you.

Every Child Counts


→ Sustaining high achievement for all children


The Every Child Counts Mathematics intervention programmes are developed and quality assured by Edgehill University with Kingsmead Primary School being the accredited local provider of ECC services.

Since September 2008 Every Child Counts Mathematics intervention programmes have successfully supported over 100,000 children nationally in thousands of schools to narrow and close the gap between themselves and their peers with children averaging between 12 and 17 months progress in about a term. 

Kingsmead with HTSA offer the full range of ECC Math’s programmes delivered by and their accredited ECC Maths lead trainer and NCETM accredited PD Lead, Garry Minto.
Garry Minto has had 12 years’ experience as a Mathematics intervention teacher and 6 years’ experience as a Mathematics consultant and trainer and has trained over 80 teachers in the highly effective Numbers Count Intervention Programme and over 370 TAs and teachers in the lighter touch 1stClass@Number and Success@Arithmetic interventions.


 ECC provides:

  • High quality interventions which genuinely help children who struggle with numeracy to catch up with their peers so that they can continue to learn alongside them.

  • High quality in depth PD support for TAs and teachers to both deliver the interventions and to understand the mathematical and pedagogical issues well enough to enable them to be more effective teachers of mathematics in any context.

  • High quality professional development to help schools and teachers to raise teaching standards and sustain high achievement for all children.


ECC Programmes


Numbers Count

Highly effective intensive support intervention programme for children who find Mathematics very difficult to learn.

Numbers Count is an innovative and highly effective numeracy intervention aimed at supporting the lowest attaining 5-6% of children to catch up with their peers enough to continue to learn alongside them in class. The Programme is delivered by a specially trained teacher. Teachers receive 7 full days of face to face training in their first year and 3 half-day trainer visits where the teachers receive coaching and support and within which their work is quality assured. The school is also supported in the best use of the Programme. Teachers can gain accreditation from Edge Hill University after 2 terms as long as the rigorous standards demanded by the university are achieved. 

Numbers Count Teacher’s expertise is developed to the point where they can have a wider impact in supporting colleagues throughout the school, impacting on mathematics standards in all classes.
Around 40,000 children so far have achieved average gains of 17 months progress in around a term from 22 hours of tuition so far substantially catching up with their peers.


There are two versions:

  • Numbers Count 1 – for children in Years 1 to 3

  • Numbers Count 2 – for children in Years 4 to 6 and beyond


7 days of training, 3 half-day trainer support visits and email and phone support

£2,200 per teacher

Please see flyer for further information

1st Class @ Number

For children who need a helping hand to learn mathematics.

1stClass@Number is a light touch small group intervention programme delivered by a specially trained teaching assistant or teacher to groups of 4 children 3 or 4 times a week for 10 or so weeks and enables children to catch up and keep up with their peers.

TAs / teachers receive 1 full and 5 ½ days of high quality resources plus email and phone support plus all necessary lesson plans and guidance and all the specialist resources needed to deliver the Programme. We train link teachers from your school too so that they can support the work of the TA.

So far over 10,000 children have made average gains of 12 months progress in a term from 30 lessons with a TA. When organised well by the school, 1stClass@Number can have a huge impact.


There are two versions:

  • 1stClass@Number 1 – for children who need to secure the current Year 1 Programme (typically in Year 2. It works for children in a range of year groups)

  • 1stClass@Number 2 – for children who need to secure the current Year 2 Programme (typically in Years 3+4. It also works for children in a range of year groups)


3 ½ days of face to face training, email and phone support, resources website access, all lesson plans and specialist resources necessary to run the programme.

£900 per TA

Please see flyer for further information


Success@Arithmetic: Calculation

Success@Arithmetic: Calculation is a TA and Teacher led small group mathematic intervention for pupils in lay Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6) or Key Stage 3 who need support to become fluent in understanding and applying formal written calculation methods. The Programme gives children the deep knowledge of the operations and procedures which enable them to apply effective formal calculation to solving problems confidently. It’s basically very high quality teaching which can be applied to whole class situations.

TAs from you school and a lead teacher (who manages and supports the TAs) are trained together for 2½ days spread over about 7 weeks in both running the Programme, adapting it to different children’s needs and in the deep mathematical and pedagogical knowledge which will allow them to apply their learning to whole class maths teaching.

Success@Arithmetic: Number Sense

As above but for children in late Year 3, Year 4 and above who need to acquire the number bond and multiplication fact knowledge as well as the m derivation and place value understandings and skills they need to be ready to learn formal calculation.

So far children are making average gains of 14 months’ progress from these programmes in less than a term.



2 ½ days of face to face small group training, email and phone support, resource website access and a full set of guidance booklets lesson plans, and the specialist resources needed to deliver the programme.

£990 per TA and link pair

£150 for an extra TA

Please see flyer for more information

Talk 4 Number

Giving a voice to mathematical thinking.

Talk 4 Number is an Every Child Counts mathematics intervention developed by Edge Hill University.  The programme is suitable for:

  • pupils mainly in Years 3 or 4 who need support and encouragement to use and understand mathematical language or to talk fluently about their mathematics; and

  • pupils in Year 3 or above who are in the later stages of learning English as an additional language.

A TA and a teacher share 1 full and 2 half-days of training and receive a huge A3 pack of lesson plans and resources.



2 full days of training for a TA and Link teacher from your school, website access, email and phone support, all the lesson plans, guidance and specialist resources you will need to run the programmer.


Further enquiries

If you would like any further information please contact Garry Minto on the following: 


07505 100 934