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Part of the Learning in Harmony Trust

"In the Learning in Harmony Trust, we work in harmony to achieve excellence for all. We live and breathe our values and focus on doing things the right way, providing the perfect environment for all our children to flourish and succeed. And with a diverse range of schools in two contrasting locations, we offer a unique opportunity for professionals looking for a challenging and rewarding career in a supportive, creative and forward-thinking environment."
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JFK Teaching School Alliance

JFK Teaching
School Alliance


"The support JFK provides develops professional knowledge around SEND at all levels and helps us in achieving the best outcomes for pupils with SEND. The support is timely, dynamic and flexible, ensuring it is pertinent to educational context. They have devised and delivered effective staff training and provided us with a wider repertoire of skills and strategies to support our learners."  
Jason Roynon - SENCo, Sheringham Primary Academy


PGCert Special Educational Needs Coordination - Delivered by JFK staff at UEL Stratford Campus


The course meets the learning outcomes for the National SENCO Award (NCTL, 2015), allowing you to develop your expertise and knowledge in the area of special educational needs and disabilities while fulfilling Department of Education requirements for the role of SENCO.

Understand a wide range of special educational needs

This course will support Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) and aspiring SENCOs to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It also covers key concepts in leadership, supporting students to fulfil the strategic role required of SENCOs in schools.

Course outline

Module: Teaching and Learning - Impact of SENCo in the classroom

Module: Leadership and Management - Impact of SENCo across the school

Two written assignments - Level 7

Professional Portfolio

Attendance 1 day per week for duration of modules.


Special educational needs and disability covers a broad spectrum. JFKTSA specialises in delivering bespoke training opportunities to fit the needs of your staff and learners. Our NLEs, SLEs and specialist teachers will work to your brief to create a training course with relevance and impact, specifically for your setting and context. We are also able to call on many high-quality speakers to support training, through our links with a number of marketing and event planning services.

For a preliminary chat to see how we might be able to help you, please email or call us via our Contact page.


A training programme that focuses on positive behaviour support approaches, Team Teach is recognised as the leading strategy for de-escalation techniques and is not only accredited by the Institute of Conflict Management (ICM) but also holds the highest level of UK training award: a National Training Award. Team Teach CPD delivery can only be delivered by a recognised, registered and qualified provider.

Team Teach is suitable for teachers and teaching assistants and teaches participants how to recognise and understand the reasons behind challenging behaviours. Such understanding helps educators de-escalate situations; developing skills in positive listening and learning, as well as discovering strategies to reduce the need for physical intervention. For situations where manual handling cannot be avoided, the Team Teach course also teaches how to use minimum force for the shortest time in order to prevent injury, pain and distress.

Courses takes two consecutive days to complete, with refresher training requiring one day. To enroll individuals, please check for our scheduled courses here. For larger, whole school CPD, please contact us via our Contact page.

" When assessing students there was a clear improvement in behaviour management techniques...All participants were awarded certification which enhances their CV and can enable them to work in more challenging / vulnerable settings with an increased awareness of the legal framework and apply appropriate de-escalation...when observed both formatively and summatively students have increased skills in behaviour management in professional settings, most notably in the mental health field.."

Dr Sarah Evans, University of Wales (November 2014)


At JFKTSA, as a part of the Learning in Harmony Trust, we believe that continued professional development is just that: something that continues throughout your career. To this end, we provide coaching, mentoring, support and supervision for leaders, managers or aspiring leaders in education.

If you would like to discuss potential bespoke support options, please email your enquiry to

INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING (in partnership with Essex & Thames SCITT)

“My training year with JFK was hugely beneficial and helped prepare me for the challenges of a NQT year. The highly knowledgeable staff are approachable and always willing to help. They helped me develop in all areas of my teaching to become a more rounded teacher.”

Aron McGuire - Trainee with JFK.


“The opportunity to regularly meet with my mentor empowered me to become a more reflective practitioner. These meetings encouraged honesty and the exchange of ideas and professional opinion. Mentors coming into class to demonstrate certain skills and lessons was also really helpful for me, personally. I would highly recommend training with JFK.”

Aron McGuire - Trainee and NQT with JFK.

JFKTSA is a DfE recognised  ‘Appropriate Body’ service provider for NQTs. Registration with an Appropriate Body is a statutory requirement for the induction period for all NQTs and it is the Appropriate Body that makes the final decision as to whether an NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards, based on the recommendation of the Headteacher/Principal in the school where they work. Our service provides guidance, advice and full training programme for NQTs, as well as providing quality assurance of your NQT support.

Our service includes:

  • Registering and monitoring the progress of NQTs
  • Providing a briefing session for Mentors and NQTs in the Autumn term
  • Giving advice where NQTs are at risk of failure and advising on appropriate support packages for the NQT
  • Providing advice and guidance on the induction of NQTs for Headteachers/Principals, Governors, Induction Tutors and NQTs
  • Optional NQT training programme
  • Providing an NQT Handbook and related assessment documentation
  • Phone/email support for Headteachers/Principals and NQT Mentors


£175 per NQT (£100 per NQT for Alliance member schools)

To enquire as to spaces for our 2019/20 cohort, please email or call us via our Contact page.