Are you a graduate looking for an exceptional career in inner-city teaching?

“City Excellence” is an innovative one year secondary school-based Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme through School Direct, in partnership with the Institute of Education, Goldsmiths, The Royal Academy of Dance and Brighton University, which will offer you: 

  • The experience of training within a thriving and successful inner city context.
  • The opportunity to teach in, and learn from, different school settings within Tower Hamlets including single and mixed gender education.
  • The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of young people in Tower Hamlets.
  • Mentoring from subject specialists who are practising teachers in the school as well as subject specialist training and keynote speeches from the Institute of Education.
  • “World class” professional learning with a focus on current action-research, the latest educational thinking and a focus on education in global cities.
  • High quality Initial Teacher Education which will make you a highly attractive candidate when applying for your first teaching post.
  • With school places in Tower Hamlets expanding over the next few years, there are likely to be teaching vacancies for keen and committed individuals in the near future.


To register your interest, and for more information, contact us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the end of the year, candidates completing the training programme who successfully pass their QTS will be awarded a PGCE. Those candidates completing the School Direct salaried programme will be awarded QTS only.



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