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16 Sep 2020

TCES North West London teacher wins Silver Pearson National Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education

Selected from thousands of nominations, Paul Morris is one of just 76 Pearson National Teaching Awards Silver Award winners across the country, recognised for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day. Paul was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.

Paul, from TCES North West London school (East Acton), part of The Complete Education Solution (TCES), was nominated for The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education for his highly effective work as a Head of Art, Graphics, and Design with some uniquely complex and vulnerable pupils. He creates an atmosphere of calm and interest in a classroom where all students can experience themselves as artists. Most recently, Paul has been the driving force in setting up a new Faculty of Creative Arts to embed the Arts even further into the pupils’ experiences, including helping them gain life-long skills that will serve them right through their adulthood.

At a special award ceremony held today (16 September) Paul was surprised with a congratulations from TCES patron Dame Esther Rantzen as well as from colleagues and pupils who spoke movingly about the difference Paul has made to their lives, enabling them to gain experiences and qualifications they never thought possible.

Paul Morris said: “I’m so proud to receive this award today. I’ve had children sit under a table in my Art room for months before they pluck up the courage to join in…whatever their starting points when they’re in my classroom the only label I allow to be applied to them is ‘artist’. I am grateful to be working within an organisation that supports this approach and sees Art as both an enabling subject for children with SEND, as well as a high-status subject in its own right, which has the potential to set our students on great pathways into further study and employment.”

Thomas Keaney, CEO and Schools’ Proprietor for TCES said: “The incredible exam results that Paul has helped children to achieve, as well as growing their sense of pride and purpose shows what is possible when you embed a philosophy of never giving up on a single child, when you offer a person-centred curriculum with high expectations and let children know that they belong and they are valued.”

Paul is now in the running for one of just 14 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:  “Over the past year, we have, all of us, come to appreciate and respect the value of teachers. They have so often been taken for granted. Not any more. Parents know now what it takes to teach, and teach well, and how much commitment, dedication and enthusiasm and knowledge and understanding, yes – and patience.

“Children know it too, if they didn’t before. So many missed their teachers as well as their friends. We all honour them today. Let’s now praise them, wish them well and above all, thank them.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said:  “Congratulations to all of our Silver Award winners for their commitment, dedication and passion for their work. Despite the incredible challenges they have faced over the past few months, school staff have risen to the occasion time and again.

“It is so important to recognise and celebrate teachers, teaching assistants and lecturers for the impact they have on our young people every year, and that is why Pearson is delighted to support these Awards.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “My warmest congratulations go to all this year’s silver award winners. They should be proud to receive this recognition of their commitment to the profession, and the outstanding education and guidance they provide for their students.

“Teachers and school staff up and down the country consistently go above and beyond for their students, and this is especially true over the past few months. It is down to their hard work that schools have been able to open their gates to all pupils again for the start of the new term, and I cannot say thank you enough for everything they have done.”

Paul with CEO and Schools’ Proprietor Thomas Keaney

Karen Esson, Interim Head of School, TCES North West London congratulating Paul 2020 style

TCES’ Patron, Dame Esther Rantzen congratulated Paul via Zoom, as did his pupils from TCES North West London

Max Tavinor-Kearney from Pearsons came to congratulate Paul on his Silver Award



11 Sep 2020

TCES celebrates the start of its third decade by rebranding to ‘The Complete Education Solution’

We are delighted to announce that from September 2020 TCES has an exciting and fresh new name and look. We will now be known as The Complete Education Solution (TCES).

The name change and rebrand, introduced during our 21st year, is designed to more accurately represent the unique operations of TCES today, reflecting that we are truly an inclusive and innovative 21st century organisation, which transforms lives through the delivery of sector-leading therapeutic education and a pupil leadership curriculum.

Alongside the corporate changes, the names and logos of our schools and services have been updated to TCES East London, TCES North West London, TCES Create Learning and, our new service TCES Home Learning – bringing inclusiveness and consistency to the look and feel of the entire organisation.

The new logos are crisp, fresh and modern.  Each school and service has their own version, differentiated by colour. Within the logo the ‘E’ represents an adult and child/pupil and reflects the care and attention we put into every individual’s education, as well as the strong relationships built between staff, pupils, parents/carers and our local communities.

At the same time, the new name encompasses our innovative ‘step down’ programme of therapeutic education solutions. These provide the most complex and vulnerable children and young people aged 5-19 years, diagnosed with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs or an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) with effective and bespoke journeys for life and learning.

CEO and Schools’ Proprietor, Thomas Keaney says: “We were aware that it was time to look at rebranding. Having originally started as a social care company back in 1999, we have now transitioned into one of the larger providers of independent education for pupils with co-morbid SEMH needs or ASC. Over the past 20 years, we have supported over 3,000 pupils with our unique therapeutic education and I’m proud to say that this has been without a single permanent exclusion.

“The original name clearly no longer reflected who we are today and what we do. Not wanting to move away from the well-regarded ‘TCES’, we explored what else this might stand for and settled on The Complete Education Solution.

“Our new name and branding is a clear indication that TCES offers a full range of educational pathways, tailored to each pupil. This might start with TCES Home Learning, which educates those children who are unable to physically attend school for a variety of reasons, including severe anxiety and school phobia. Others might join TCES Create Learning that runs parallel to our schools, supporting pupils who are not yet ready to engage with and succeed in formal small group learning environments. Our ultimate goal is to prepare all our pupils, at whatever point they join us, for life beyond TCES, whether that be mainstream school, college or work.”

Along with this change will come a brand new website, suitable for all devices, with a layout which will make it much easier for everyone to access the information they need. More details on the new website will come soon.

To mark the occasion, in addition to our new branding we are relaunching an independent report that was the result of an extensive piece of research by Goldsmiths University of London during our 20th year. The research concludes that TCES has transformed the lives of the UK’s most complex and vulnerable pupils ‘educationally, emotionally and socially’. A powerful blueprint of school practice, to avoid the need to permanently exclude, was provided by TCES alongside the report and can be found here.

To discuss placing a child or young person with us please contact referrals@tces.org.uk.



01 Sep 2020

Record set of GCSE results for pupils across TCES

We’re delighted to announce a record set of results for TCES pupils across the group, including a number of GCSE subjects introduced for the first time during this academic year. This is despite some pupils having to defer taking exams this year due to the COVID 19 restrictions.

• TCES pupils were awarded GCSEs in a broader range of subjects than ever before (9 subjects)

• Highest number of pupils passing both Maths and English GCSE (7 pupils)

• First Engineering GCSE ever (taken within one year)

• First History GCSEs ever, one with a grade 5 (taken within one year)

• First year that pupils have gained double Science GCSE (4 pupils)

These are amazing accomplishments for our pupils, especially taking into account their educational journeys prior to joining TCES. On arrival, pupils will have already – on average – experienced three permanent exclusions, been out of full-time education for up to 18 months and recognised to be substantially at risk of being unemployed, developing severe mental health problems and involvement with the criminal justice system later in life.

Continuing the trend for the past two years, pupils at our TCES North West London school where Creative Arts are a specialism, achieved high grades in Art and Photography. This is especially remarkable as these exam successes included pupils in Y9 and Y10.

We’d like to congratulate all of our GCSE pupils – and thank all of our amazing staff who helped them during a very turbulent year!

Jalal was over the moon when he came into school to collect his results. Now he can go off to college to pursue his dream of becoming a Michelin star chef.

Y10 Bailey was delighted with his grade 7 in GCSE Photography.  He’s now looking forward to starting a Graphic Communication GCSE which he will take next Summer.