TCES Group Latest News & Events

30 Apr 2020

Distance Learning News – Summer Term, Week 2

Essex Fresh Start pupil Brad had the following lovely message to share with his classmates:

North West London Independent School pupil Johnny has been enjoying his wellbeing activities, according to Teacher Ms Menzies. His mum has sent in some photos, below:

Ms Webbink, Teacher at North West London Independent School received the following letter from pupil Mason’s mum:

Mason’s mum also sent a lovely note and photo of Mason to Art Teacher Ms Platt:

20 Apr 2020

Distance Learning News – Summer Term, Week 1

Thursday 23 April

An Art Teacher at North West London Independent School has received this lovely note from a parent:

Wednesday 22 April

North West London Independent School pupil Lee has been working hard in his Maths lessons, according to Pastoral Care Co-ordinator Lateefah Elcock. Well done and a massive Thank You to all of our staff working hard to keep those still in school busy as usual!

Tuesday 21 April

One year 11 pupil at East London Independent School has been working hard on his Distance Learning projects. Leona Talian, Pastoral Care Co-ordinator said: “He is someone who has been very dedicated and focused on his GCSEs up to this point – obviously being at home has not altered his dedication!”

Monday 20 April

Pupils who are still in class at Essex Fresh Start have shown their support for the #ClapforNHS campaign with a lovely window display:

On pupil sent in this letter to his classmates during the Easter Holiday…

15 Apr 2020

Thumbs up from parents for new TCES Group Distance Learning offer

‘Genuine pupil and parent inclusion’ is one of TCES Group’s proudest community values.  For this reason, parents and pupils have been surveyed to gain feedback on the organisation’s new Distance Learning offer, in order to gain valuable insights on how the offer is working and any changes that could be made to better suit pupil and parent needs.  

The initial feedback has been very positive and pleasing to staff who have worked extremely hard to adapt our therapeutic education offers into a suitable online-only package. Some of the highlights are as follows:

  • 89% of parents were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the Distance Learning packages
  • 81% of parents thought their child was fully engaged with their personalised programme
  • 86% of parents were happy with the level of work and support they are receiving from their child’s teacher
  • 92% of pupils found the work they are being provided with interesting and engaging.

The last few weeks have been an incredibly steep learning curve for most industries and sectors, but a story quite often highlighted in the news is how the education sector has had to adapt to the new digital-only climate.

All TCES Group schools and services remain open to support our vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers – and each child or young person has been assessed by our staff, in consultation with their parents and social workers, to agree on whether they’d be safer in school or at home.

For those who are learning from home, TCES Group staff at every level have had to adapt the entire curriculum in order to maintain the same level of education and support as pupils would normally receive in school. New resources have been created, such as our new new Distance Learning portal – a central hub where pupils can download work and wellbeing tasks remotely, with guidance from their teachers.

The School Support Team has developed a Distance Learning package as a lasting TCES Group education offer, of which more details are available here on our website.

School Improvement Partner Kevin Parker said: “The vast majority of pupils and their parents/carers are pleased with the content and the support from tutors. Pupils are predominantly engaged in the work. We have learnt from all the feedback and the next phase of distance learning, taking us up to May half-term will be even better, with fun activities, projects, competitions and prizes.”

Deputy School Development Partner Susannah Lewis said: “We must take this opportunity to thank all the tutors who have made the transition so successful, but really the pupils and their parents and carers who have been extraordinarily resilient and resourceful to keep education in their daily routine under these circumstances. We congratulate all of you. Thank you!”

03 Apr 2020

NWLIS Teacher Shortlisted for Education’s Oscars 

Paul Morris, NWLIS Art Teacher is in the running to win Pearson National Teaching Award for Excellence in Special Needs category

At a time when schools are doing more than ever to support their communities, teachers across the country have discovered they have been shortlisted for Education’s Oscars.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Paul Morris, Head of Art, Graphics and Design at the North West London Independent Special School in East Acton is one of 87 extraordinary shortlisted nominees from lecturers, school staff and schools who have been entered for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. 

Paul, left, with artist Willard Wigan MBE during his 2018 visit.


Mr Paul Morris was nominated for a Silver Award for his highly effective work as a Head of Art, Graphics, and Design with some uniquely complex and vulnerable students. Creating an atmosphere of calm and interest in a classroom where all students can experience themselves as artists.

He is in the running to be one of the Silver Award winners. These will then compete to win one of just 14 Gold Awards which will be announced at the televised UK ceremony later in the year, broadcast on the BBC as ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’.  

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach. 

Pupils and parents can show their appreciation for their amazing teachers, who are supporting children across the country in incredibly challenging conditions, by sending them a Thank You card for free via the Thank a Teacher campaign.

Paul with His Excellency Justice Anthony Carmona, 5th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2018


Thomas Keaney, CEO and Schools’ Proprietor, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that Paul has been shortlisted in these prestigious national awards. He is a fiercely loyal, kind and highly effective teacher who works with our SEND students whose feelings of failure, isolation and loneliness are acute. His belief that every young person has the possibility of finding themselves through Art, by being invited and being allowed, has enabled our students to achieve amazing successes; in formal exams they never thought they’d be able to take, and more generally in the school environment where they had given up hope of ever feeling accepted.

“The whole of the TCES Group has benefitted from Paul’s amazing success with students in Art. We started by seeing A grades in Year 11 and A Level. In 2019 students in Years 8 and 9 have been supported to achieve As at GCSE. This has lifted the teachers across all our schools and demonstrated what happens when you live our values of high expectations and hard work. These students have been shown a strengths-based perception of themselves, often for the very first time.” 

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: 

“Congratulations to every one of our teachers, lecturers and school staff who have been shortlisted for a Silver Award. At a time of unprecedented challenge, schools across the country are stepping up and playing a vital role for the wellbeing of our pupils and their families, and it is only right that we take this opportunity to say thank you. At Pearson we are delighted to support these Awards every year and to recognise and celebrate teachers for their commitment, dedication and passion.  

Steve Munby, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: 

“Congratulations to all of the amazing staff in the running to win a Silver Award. This is fair recognition of the outstanding job they are doing and their efforts in going well beyond their role to make sure their students get every chance in life. 

 “Now more than ever is the time to appreciate our teachers and the fantastic work they are doing. I am honoured to be part of these Awards and to play my part in acknowledging teachers for the incredible job they do.”