Warren Junior School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Warren Junior School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Warren Junior School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


Executive Headteacher and
National Leader of Education
GaryWilder OBE
Meeting with a group of
trainee teachers from last
year who are now qualified
teachers in local schools
Warren Junior is an Ofsted-rated “outstanding” school
based in Chadwell Heath, east London. As a result
of the excellent provision on offer for its students,
Warren was invited to join the Schools for Success programme,
and it is the teaching school at the head of the Aspire Education
Alliance. Teaching School Director Mrs Mairead Pryor tells
TheParliamentary Review
about her desire to share Warren’s
success with other schools.
At Warren Junior, we serve 510 Key Stage 2 pupils, of which 58 per cent have
English as an additional language. There are 38 languages spoken and 86 per cent
of our pupils come from a minority ethnic background. In 2018, 82 per cent of
pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, which
is 18 per cent above the national proportion.
Regardless of the socio-economic data and background of our school and pupils,
we have gone on to ensure that high standards are achieved in the classroom.
Following our increasing success as a National Support School, we gained
National Teaching School designation in 2014 and then the London Schools Gold
During 2018, we were recognised for our progress data and were invited by the
Mayor of London to join the Schools for Success programme. As well as constantly
reviewing our internal structures, our position as a National Support School and
Teaching School enables us to share best practice and successful models of working
with other schools in our local area and beyond.
»Executive Headteacher:
GaryWilder OBE
»Teaching School Director:
MrsMairead Pryor
»Founded in 1930
»Located in Chadwell Heath,
Barking and Dagenham
»Type of school: Community
»No. of pupils: 510
»No. of staff: 40
»A member of The Furze-
Warren Hard Federation
Warren Junior School
Highlighting best practice
The triad model
Our focus is on ensuring that children
have outstanding teaching and
learning outcomes within all our
curriculum areas. As a staff body, we
are driven to ensure we work hard
to continue the development of our
engaging and exciting curriculum.
Effective professional development
includes teacher enquiry processes,
which involves teachers working
collaboratively to explore and improve
their own practice. We decided to
review our processes to include more
opportunities for teachers to work
with their peers in triads where they
can share the planning process, discuss
the delivery and outcomes of a lesson
and reflect on the lesson in a non-
judgmental and supportive way.
This collaborative approach to lesson
observation evolved into our “The
Learning 3’s” model. Teachers have
the option to use IRIS technology
within their teaching, but there is no
pressure from the leadership team to
do so. Instead it is used as a supportive
tool for those who are comfortable
using it. Trust between teachers is built
up by ensuring that everyone involved
understands that the observation is a
developmental and improvement tool.
To ensure the implementation process
received full support from the teachers,
a number of trial triads were set up
where teachers were able to feed back
to the leadership team and staff body.
The trial and review process offered
teachers a view into the process and
allowed them to understand the
potential impact on their development.
We were keen not to increase teacher
workload as a result of the strategy
and teachers quickly saw the benefit
of working within this new process as
reflective practitioners.
Through “The Learning 3’s” model,
teachers can decide what focus area
they want to improve, or they can
demonstrate a strength to their triad
in order to support a colleague’s
professional development. Feedback
and reflection activities following “The
Learning 3’s” observations resulted in
the creation of a whole-school agreed
structure, which was introduced with
the expectation of follow-up teaching
and learning strategy meetings
for further observation. Teacher
performance has found that the
reflective and peer support process has
empowered staff and improved the
quality of teaching and learning, while
also building confidence.
Jamie Bell, Head of
School reflecting with a
“Learning 3” triad
Becoming a teaching school
Warren Junior School is proud to be a
National Support School and a National
Teaching School. We lead the Aspire
Education Alliance, which comprises 15
infant, primary, secondary and special
schools. Our partnership is built upon
the ethos of “Supporting Excellence
The core purpose of Aspire Education
Alliance is:
»To build our community of teachers
by finding, recruiting and developing
the very best trainees
»To develop, challenge and
support the staff in our schools
to ensure that every child has a
great education by offering a wide
range of evidence and high-impact
professional learning opportunities.
Our teaching school alliance was
created to allow for maximum
opportunities for all its members and
staff. Membership of our teaching
school alliance brings many benefits
and opportunities for the children
and staff in all our partner schools,
as well for trainee teachers. The
majority of our trainees are home-
grown talent from within our network
of local schools. Most have been
identified by headteachers as having
the skills to train and teach, and local
schools are now using this route as a
The system leaders who are responsible
for school improvement strategies
and supporting other schools are a
range of specialist, local and national
leaders of education. These middle and
senior leaders already have a proven
track record of outreach support in
their specialist areas. Our capacity to
support this outreach work has taken
us to Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Essex
as well as within our neighbouring
boroughs. We recognise that by
working in this way and sharing
our own practice and ideas we can
support sustainable, system-wide
improvements to raise standards and
benefit from these opportunities as our
own staff develop.
Our executive headteacher is a
national leader of education and a
pupil premium reviewer, and he has
spoken at numerous conferences
discussing disadvantaged provision
in schools to maximise potential for
all learners. Aspire supports schools
in the alliance to establish strategic
leadership of continuous professional
development at all levels to support
school improvement.
The majority
of our trainees
are home-
grown talent
from within
our network
of local
Mairead Pryor, Teaching
School Director – Aspire
Education Alliance


This article was sponsored by Warren Junior School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development