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The Harris Academy Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub was one of the first six Teaching School Hubs designated by the DfE in January 2020 and is now a part of the wider network of 87 Teaching School Hubs nationally.

Our Hub, which is based at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred in Essex, is responsible for the following Local Authority Districts: Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

Our Vision 

As a leading school in the Harris Federation we believe in excellence, every day, for every child. To achieve this aim, the Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub will work closely with the Department for Education to deliver on the golden thread of professional development for all the schools in our designated area of Southend, South Essex And Thurrock. 

Evidence informed practice* tells us that that the quality of teaching is the single biggest variable in student achievement, outside the students themselves, and it is also the variable most susceptible to the impact of good or poor leadership. We will use our influence and resources to build and sustain a growth environment for the region, that provides the very best in initial teacher training, newly qualified teacher induction, early career support and CPD pathways to retain and develop expertise for the entire workforce including national professional qualifications for school leaders, headteachers and executive leaders in multi-academy trusts. 

Our vision is to strengthen school improvement through effective partnerships across every school in our region. We believe in system-led change, led by schools for schools. Our strategy is to simplify access to high-quality ITT, AB, ECF and NPQ providers and increase school engagement with Curriculum Hubs, Research Schools and the EEF. Our position as a hub, will enable us to deliver new opportunities at scale for the whole region, whilst sustaining a local focus on our local needs. It is our ambition for all teachers and leaders to be able to receive centralized support from the Teaching School Hub at any point in their career. 

Our success will be measured by our schools and pupils that succeed. By investing in our people and making informed choices, we hope that they will learn and live well.

*Hattie (2003),  Hanushek (2011), Cordingley et al (2015) Weston (2016), Burgess (2019), Fletcher-Wood (2020)

Our Priorities for 2023-24

  • Increase and deepen TSH partnerships, through regular communication with schools, trusts, and settings such as EYFS and AP, and future National Lead Providers through the NIOT through high-quality delivery of the golden thread of teacher and leader development.
  • To build and sustain a growth environment where schools can recruit, retain, and develop expertise in quality-first teaching across all routes including shortage subjects and contribute to the DfE’s goal that “by 2030, every child will be taught by an excellent teacher trained in the best- evidenced approaches.” 
  • To strengthen and simplify system leadership by providing access to and delivery of high-quality CPD that meets local needs for: including excellent teaching and high standards of curriculum in every mainstream school supporting SEND pupils.
  • To pass the Teaching School Hub redesignation process and continue high-quality delivery through 4-year designation until 2028 and beyond.

To find out more about courses at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub you can you can contact Director of Teaching School Hub, Mark Beyer-Woodgate: M.beyer-woodgate@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk or Teaching School Hub Administrator Martha Lopez: m.lopez@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk


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