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About Us

The Whitefield Research and Development Centre is an accredited National Teaching School and provides education, training and information for staff at Whitefield and other schools within the South East  

We have been a recognised provider of school-based higher education since 1988 and have been in partnership with Kingston University in London since 1994. Currently, we offer Postgraduate Awards in autism spectrum disorders and complex needs. 

Students can also go on to follow an MA programme in Action Research.  

The R&D Centre also runs two foundation degrees with Kingston University. (Early Years Education and Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice).  You can find out more about these courses here: 

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You can also contact Louise Langsworthy at for further information about these or any of the other courses we offer with Kingston University.

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Internal Training

All new members of our teaching staff receive an induction programme organised by  the Centre and individual schools. Teachers who are appointed to promoted posts within the school receive a management training course which is aimed at harnessing and developing their leadership, management and administration skills. We also support staff who are following a nationally recognised management course run by the National College of School Leadership or a similar provider.

Non-teaching staff at Whitefield receive a systematic programme of training and development too. After their induction programme, classroom assistants continue their learning through our progression scheme, which has been developed by our Higher Level Teaching Assistants.  We also offer recognised training for National Vocational Qualifications at levels 2 and 3 for Teaching Assistants. These courses are approved by City and Guilds and led by a team of experienced and qualified colleagues. 

Please contact Nicola Robson for further information.  

The R&D Centre provides a range of other courses which aim to develop and update colleagues’ skills and practice in specific areas. For example, we organise training sessions and workshops in first aid, safe-guarding, behaviour support, life saving, food hygiene, key movers, mini-bus driving, (MIDAS training) mentoring, equality and diversity and Government and school priority areas for development.

Research Library

The training and development of our staff and students is supported by the Research Library.  Our library offers a lending service for books and a comprehensive range of educational and special needs journals. Resource papers, government information, curriculum documentation, periodicals and extracts are also available for reference.  All members of staff are entitled to free membership and can borrow up to four books at a time, which they can keep for four weeks. Students can also join the library and use the facilities for a small fee.   Renewals and reservations can be made in person or by telephone. Photocopying and computer facilities are available for use in the library.

Whitefield Research and Development Centre is a company registered in England and Wales: Registration No. 9104671
Registered Office: Macdonald Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4AZ