Message from Sheila Singh (Founder of LSA and College Director)

London School of Academics (LSA) is a Higher Education Institution (HEI) established in 2010 based at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Rainham. LSA provides exceptional bespoke teacher training and specialises in training people with multiple barriers to employment to launch a career in teaching addressing needs to increase the diversity within teaching in the UK.

LSA’s philosophy is to create excellence within teacher training and staff development, through quality and precision, targeting individuals who want to improve both their lives and the lives of others’.

LSA'S core course is the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) (previously known as the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) which an intensive teacher training course. Candidates on successful completion of the course can progress onto doing a Newly Qualified Teaching year or claiming their Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status which is equivalent to the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through professional formation via the Society for Education and Training.  

See the following link for more information on status equivalence:

QTLS status enables candidates to teach in schools as well as further and higher education institutions as set out by the statutory instrument 2012 No. 431. Since its launch, LSA has successful trained over 300 teachers and has ambitions plans to train a further 600 teachers over the next three years.

As with any HEI organisation, LSA has a robust assessment process and all candidates are assessed for functional skills and interviewed prior to being accepted on the course. A humanistic approach to training contributes to LSA’s high retention and graduate levels. This approach has lead to 90% of all new applicants being recruited through word of mouth and recommendations from current and previous students.

LSA has developed an ambitious plan for growth and is committed to community regeneration recognising the need to increase diversity within teaching. LSA will continue to support charitable aims through sponsoring and fundraising for events that support its aims and objectives.

Open days now being held, please contact us through phone to arrange



Awarding bodies:





  • London School of Academics
  • CEME Campus
  • Marsh Way
  • Rainham
  • Essex
  • RM13 8EU
  • T: 0208 596 7036
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