Newham is a vibrant, inner city borough in the heart of East London. It is a young friendly cosmopolitan community. Academic standards are rising fast. All teachers benefit from a fantastic programme of continuing professional development and support throughout their careers. The area has been revitalised in recent years with ambitious and exciting projects on a small and large scale. With regeneration has come hope - and a new optimism.
The pupils in Newham reflect the intricate tapestry of our multi-ethnic borough and make an invaluable contribution to its richness. More than half of our 240,000 population comes from dozens of ethnic minority communities and more than 137 languages are spoken in this area. It is this diversity, which makes living and teaching here so fascinating.
The cornerstone of the council’s thinking is that education and, therefore, teachers are crucial to Newham’s future and to the success of its regeneration. We recognise that this belief demands a serious commitment to teachers and demonstrate it by providing the maximum help for the professional development of our staff.
We also believe that teachers’ effectiveness, work and achievements must be recognised. The best is often shared and promoted as good practice throughout the borough. So you’ll find that not only are you needed but that you are valued within the school community and the borough.
Success comes early to Newham teachers, with many rising the career ladder to deputy and headship positions within the borough. In addition, we recognise excellence within classroom teaching: a number of advanced skills teachers are sharing their expertise with both newly qualified and more established teachers.
Teaching in Newham can be challenging. No one pretends it is easy but it is also hugely stimulating and rewarding. You will make a real difference. The school community is a vital foundation for the pupils. If all are to come out of school with the necessary skills for life, your role is vital.