Newham Learning is a partnership of 40 schools in Newham that work collectively to give every pupil the best start in life. We provide a range of services and support, building on the present local partnerships and networks to improve learning outcomes for all pupils across the borough of Newham.
The aim is to share good practice and work collaboratively to continually strive to improve the outcomes for children and young people in Newham.
We facilitate partnerships with the East London Research School and Education Endowment Foundation to provide a range of CPDL webinars and peer projects on play based learning; metacognition; child centred well being and Autism Spectrum Condition. Webinar sessions were facilitated by leading experts in each field and schools have opted to further explore topics in peer learning projects. We also hosted a webinar with Alex Quigley focusing on closing the vocabulary gap in these extreme times.
Newham Learning is just one year old and, as a partnership of 40 schools that is truly led by schools for schools, so the future promises to be very exciting.
Our community of schools has achieved great things. This bodes well for the coming years to continue to be dynamic and innovative, designed to enhance leaders and connect schools through collaboration, support and challenge.
Stratford Manor works with Newham Learning in a wide range of ways, providing benefits for our leaders, our staff and hence for our children. Our headteacher is a member fo the Newham Learning Board.
Schools Sports Partnership
Newham SSP believe that all children should receive high quality PE lessons as well as have access to an outstanding range of extra-curricular sport and physical activity opportunities both within their school, and within their local community.
The Youth Trust and Sport England support the NSSP’s work to provide the School Games programme which Manor take an active part in.
Stratford Manor Primary have been working with Newham SSP for over ten years. Our children have experienced high quality coaching, competitions, leadership opportunities and help accessing community clubs. It has also provided CPD opportunities for school staff.
Education for Change
E4C is a programme designed for educators by educators to ensure schools provide high-quality, practical opportunities to explore diversity and racial issues in a meaningful way. It is made up of educators across Newham who are all working together to promote this.
E4C resources include teaching guidance and conversation starters with a national and global perspective. We know conversation is a powerful tool, whether it is through small groups, whole staff teams or a one-to-one sharing of experiences, especially if facilitated by those who have a real understanding of the impact of racism on everyday life.
E4C aims to engage and open minds by challenging, inspiring and motivating children and young people to both prepare for, and call out, racism when they experience or encounter it.
At Stratford Manor we have used E4C staff and resources to provide staff training sessions and to contribute towards our recent curriculum re-write. This work has empowered the school and our community to have the difficult conversations about the existence and widespread impact of racism, ultimately raising expectations, shifting mindsets and enabling children and young people that encounter racism to overcome real and perceived barriers.
BCLP – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is committed to making a real and lasting difference to the communities where we work; it is one of our firm’s core values. We also contribute other firm resources to fulfilling our Corporate Responsibility (CR) obligations through community engagement and philanthropic giving, encouraging lawyers and staff throughout BCLP to take an active part in these initiatives.
We have been working with BCLP for 15 years. They have provided us with reading volunteers (through TutorMate), annual ‘world of work’ days at our office, sponsoring and helping to deliver an enterprise programme and helping to subsidise the cost of school trips.
IT ALL STARTS WITH LITERACY.
A child who can read is set up for life. Not just because they do better at school and have better job prospects, but also because they are happier and more confident about their place in the world.
Repeated international research is clear that children who don’t read well by the end of primary school are those who struggle to fulfil their potential.
Innovations for Learning targets struggling readers from disadvantaged communities. Our flagship TutorMate programme harnesses technology to enable volunteer tutors to give children vital reading support from their workplace or home using an online platform.
At Stratford Manor they link us with reading volunteers who work remotely with our Y1 and Y2 classes, providing individual support for targeted children.
Ambition, Aspire, Achieve
AAA was founded in June 2016 to provide opportunities for children and young people in the London Borough of Newham and surrounding areas.
Since inception, AAA has delivered a range of services based at the Terence Brown Arc in the Park, and now the Glyn Hopkin Abbey Hub in Stratford, an inclusive resource, delivery and neighbourhood play hub for children and young people living in Newham.
AAA now delivers a wide range of projects and services from both hubs and across local communities in Newham. Our work particularly focuses on and supports children and young people most in need, including those with disabilities or additional needs. Our current work includes after school clubs, holiday play and youth activities, youth clubs, disability specific activities, detached youth projects, information advice and support for vulnerable young people, mentoring and personal development programmes, doorstep inclusive sports clubs and outward-bound activities and experiences.
At Stratford Manor we work with Ambition, Aspire, Achieve to publicise the range of services that they offer in order to ensure that our children and families can access the support on offer.
UEL is one of London’s leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors.
Capitalising on our east London location, we’ve earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools.
The School of Education and Communities trains approximately 600 teachers every year. You will be joining a large department with a long and impressive track record and benefit from subject-specific coaching and mentoring from experienced and expert practitioners.
We work with UEL to support trainee teachers on both the PGCE course and the BEd course. The school benefits from the additional capacity that having trainees can provide, as well as contributing to the future of the teaching professions, and training up teachers ‘the Stratford Manor way’.
Newham Music are the lead organisation for Newham’s Music Education Hub, working with schools, cultural organisations and community groups to provide a wide range of musical opportunities.
They have received the Diploma of Merit and the Incorporated Society of Musicians Award for Music Technology in Education from the National Music Council as well as the Outstanding Musical Initiative award from the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
At Stratford Manor they help to provide us with a rich music curriculum that is designed to enable children to explore all aspects of music, and provide them with the skills and knowledge to both perform and to appreciate music. The sessions engage the children so that they develop a love of music, and their own creativity. They are taught specific skills to develop both their singing, and instrumentation, and have opportunities to perform in a range of contexts, for a range of audiences. Our music teaching provides children with an outlet for their creativity, and develops their confidence.
At the London North East Maths Hub, we believe that all pupils deserve the opportunity to access and master a high-quality mathematics curriculum that is engaging, challenging and world class. We serve a diverse and multicultural community with 4 out of our 6 boroughs being amongst the 10% most deprived local authorities in the UK. We strongly believe that education is a means out of deprivation and provides a real opportunity for change.
We seek to harness the maths leadership and expertise within our area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. We believe in collaborative approaches to developing and growing specialist knowledge in the local network in order to build a thriving professional learning community.
At Stratford Manor we have worked with the Maths Hub since it was set up in 2014 to support and deepen our mastery approach to teaching maths. Our maths lead and team have undertaken the mastery in maths training run through NCTEM, and we are currently at the sustainability stage of this work. The team have also taken part in Teacher Research Groups as part of this work.
This work has enabled them to develop our whole school mastery approach, to better support staff, and to lead staff training in order to develop the maths practise across the school.
New Vision English Hub is based inNewham. We are passionate about reading and teaching all children to read fluently and for enjoyment. As a Teaching School we have considerable expertise in providing high-quality CPD, funding and bespoke support to drive school improvement.
We have utilised the English Hub to provide high quality RWI training for our staff.
Stratford Shopping Centre
The Stratford Shopping Centre is at the heart of Stratford, and work to provide information about what is on in the local area. They are always looking to work with local organisations to help celebrate all that is good in the area.
Our children have taken part in a number of events to help promote events. They contributed towards promoting Random Acts of Kindness, producing large display boards and short videos. They also designed bunting that was then manufactured and use to help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
Our school choir have also sung in the centre on a number of occasions as part of larger celebrations.
Children’s Book Project
One in four disadvantaged children across the UK has fewer than ten books of their own at home (National Literacy Trust – 2018), and one in eight has none.
The Children’s Book Project seeks to tackle book poverty and to give every child the opportunity to own their own book. We believe in empowering children to choose a book they are motivated to read and in the power of reading communities. We put on book gifting events that are inclusive, joyful and have a tangible impact on every family that participates.
Book ownership has been directly linked with improved mental health amongst children and a greater propensity to read for pleasure, whilst reading fluency itself has a significant impact on children’s successful progression through education.
By age eleven, there is a 12-month language development gap between children from book-rich homes books and those with fewer than ten books (National Literacy Trust – 2018). Our aim is to tackle the attainment gap arising from low book ownership. We want every child to feel part of their reading community and to identify with books that they have enjoyed.
We are currently working with The Children’s Book Project to help improve the reading opportunities for our children – by giving out books, running reading events, and using the resources to work with parents on the importance of reading.
Institute of Imagination
Our Free Schools Programme has been designed for children aged 5 to 11, helping them to build future critical skills as well as developing their literacies in digital, design and engineering concepts, and scientific enquiry (STEAM).
The iOi Schools Programme provides opportunities to:
- Vital lifelong skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and curiosity.
- Radically enhance children’s development, increasing resilience, improving wellbeing and capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship.
We have used the IoI modules to provide teacher training to further understand 21st century skills and competencies, incorporating this into teaching and learning. We have used the live workshops broadcast directly into the classroom. It has provided the resources and guidance to provide the children to work on themes that compliment the National Curriculum.
This partnership is new, and we intend to build on it.