Leeds East Academy


Teaching, Learning and Assessment

At Leeds East Academy, we understand the impact an effective teacher has on the learning and progress a student makes. What happens in the classroom is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that we should always strive to be the best we can be.  Through tailored workshops and whole academy training, we have an effective blend of professional development, as well as a number of our staff pursuing  National College professional qualifications.

Continuous Professional Development at Leeds East Academy

At Leeds East Academy all staff take part in a comprehensive year-round programme aimed to continuously improve our practice so as to secure the best possible outcomes for our students.

So far all staff have taken part in the following training which has already had an impact in the classroom.



4th September

WRAT Training DAY

Positive Behaviour

Gorse Partnership

The power of Red Zone

5th September

LEA Training Day


Positive Behaviour

Smart Board Training

T & L Quality Assurance

Marking and Feedback

T & L Strategy & Priorities

Homework setting and expectations

20th October

Behaviour, Safety & High Expectations

Attendance Strategy

Promotion of SMSC and British Values in Lessons

Academy Values

Positive Corrective Language and top tips for tackling LLD & disengaged students

2nd January

Establishing an outstanding Learning Culture


Pivotal Training for Pastoral Team

Establishing An Ethic of Excellence

Developing Questioning

Highly Effective AFL Strategies

High Quality Literacy in day to day practice

Leading T & L – Effective coaching to improve T & L (MLT)

Improving T & L through collaboration (Teaching staff and NQT/RQT)

Outstanding practice: department showcase

19TH February

Departmental Development and collaboration

Departments will work in teams to develop a particular area of subject-specific pedagogy in response to our areas for development. The focus of this particular day will be to develop the strategies so they are purposeful for specific subjects. HoD’s will map out the activities for the day. In addition to this a portion of the day will be devoted to working collaboratively following on from training on the 2nd January. At the end of the day there will be 4 workshops taking place. Staff will have pre-selected the one they wish to attend, choosing from; Highly Personalised Red Zone, Effective Personalisation – Progress for All, Using data to inform planning, High Quality Marking, Feedback & Assessment.

Teaching and Learning Priorities

CPD Overview

At Leeds East Academy we are committed to improving the quality of Teaching and Learning by ensuring all staff have access to a bespoke programme of high quality CPD. All training is mapped out over the course of the year in the Academy CPD & QA schedule. The CPD programme has been written following guidance from the DFE which stipulates that:

  1. Professional development should have a focus on improving pupil outcomes
  2. Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise
  3. Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge
  4. Professional development should be sustained over time
  5. Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership


CPD Overview Document

The LEA Teaching and Learning Strategy

All lessons at LEA are planned using the Learning Cycle. We strongly believe that this structure of lesson planning ensures that lessons are delivered at pace and are purposeful, with opportunities for students to develop and practise their skills before application under exam conditions and a reflection of progress made to conclude. 

The Learning Cycle

We have 4 Teaching and Learning Priorities at Leeds East Academy which form the bedrock of our practice. It is clear from all staff and students, that these 4 priorities underpin everything we do, every single day. These are our expectations and our passions, and we are proud of the impact that consistent application of each one has had on student progress.




Pride in Presentation

In a recent external review, it was noted how students are fantastic ambassadors for the Academy and that it is clear that they take great pride in their work. As a staff body we insist on high quality presentation in books and we are proud to showcase the progress we have made in this area through consistent application of our Pride in Presentation policy.

A huge piece of work has been centred around fully embedding Red Zone into our everyday practice and we have certainly seen the impact in our outcomes.

GCSE Example Work





Titles underlined

No blank pages left

Any errors have a single line through them

No graffiti

Neat handwriting throughout


Paragraphs used correctly.

PEEL acronym used effectively.

Starts with a short introduction.

Finishes with a conclusion.


Clearly labeled

Completed to the best of your ability

Presented beautifully

Not rushed or copied

Lack effort = homework comment and you will need to re-do it.