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We’re delighted that you’re considering joining Archway as a colleague.

Whether you’re looking for a teaching post, a support position within one of our academies or a role within our central trust, we’re really looking forward to hearing from you.

Archway Learning Trust is a vibrant learning community where students are cared for, receive a high quality education and experience every opportunity to be successful. We’re committed to giving every child the very best start that we can and we offer excellent teaching and learning and exceptional personal support in an inclusive, faith based environment.

Everyone in our trust contributes to this community and we expect all our colleagues to uphold our values in order to make Archway the very best it can be.

“Having worked for Archway for sometime now I’ve been so grateful for the many opportunities it has afforded me. I’ve been able to make a difference in so many young peoples’ lives and have had the privilege of working alongside some truly remarkable individuals. Archway has made me feel like a valued member of the team. The power of education and the way it continues to transform our students is evident with Archway.”

Sam Johnson, Senior Lead, Trauma Informed Practitioner
Alvaston Moor Academy

Archway colleagues are proud to work together to make a positive difference to the lives of the children and young people in our communities and we’re motivated by providing the very best start in life for our students.

We’re a values-led organisation and we expect every colleague to share our vision of ‘Working Together. Transforming Lives’. You can read more about our vision, mission and values by clicking here.

We’re always developing our plans to ensure we’re providing the best education and environment for our students, and we recognise that our colleagues are at the heart of that, and we invest a great deal into continuous professional learning for all.

Festival of Learning

One of our highlights of the year is our annual Festival of Learning where all staff, no matter their role, come together for a day of learning and networking to help them develop in their role and meet and work with colleagues from other areas of the trust. We have guest speakers, specialist training sessions, workshops and opportunities to socialise with colleagues and the feedback is always fantastic.

You can read about the 2023 festival here, and the 2022 festival here.

Staff Awards

We also hold an annual Staff Awards ceremony, which is another fantastic event in our calendar and enables us to come together to celebrate the incredible dedication and achievements of staff across our trust. Colleagues can nominate each other and we’ve been known to receive close to 3,000 votes!

You can read about the 2023 awards here, and the 2022 awards here.

We’re proud to offer a wide variety of benefits to our colleagues, from our generous pension scheme with contributions of over 20%, to our family friendly approach, and perks such as shopping discounts.

The wellbeing of all our colleagues is incredibly important to us. Our wellbeing platform offers access to expert help and support whenever it’s needed, including:

  • A confidential support helpline
  • Face to face and virtual counselling
  • Podcasts and blogs
  • Self-help workbooks
  • Debt advice
  • Impartial help with bills and finances
  • Support for domestic abuse
  • A wellbeing dashboard to help you set health goals
  • Health related resources

Other benefits include:

  • Wellbeing champions
  • Mental health first aiders
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption and sick pay
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Eye care voucher scheme
  • Free flu vaccine
  • Menopause toolkit

Our ‘Inclusion’ value means that we’re dedicated to the development of all colleagues: those who work in classrooms and those who work in the many different roles across Archway. We’re committed to ensuring that every colleague has the opportunity to grow and thrive professionally.

We have many professional learning opportunities open to colleagues,  including:

  • Apprenticeship Opportunities, working with our partners LMP– open for all staff in a variety of roles and levels of leadership.
  • Bluecoat SCITT – School Centred Initial Teacher Training
  • Archway ECT Training (Year 1 and 2), working with our Delivery Partners Spencer TSA and Education Development Trust
  • National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) working with our delivery partners Windsor Academies Trust and Teacher Development Trust. We offer exclusive Archway cohorts of NPQs in Leading Teaching, Leading Teacher Development, Leading Behaviour and Culture, Leading Literacy, Senior Leadership. Colleagues have also undertaken NPQH and NPQEL
  • Bespoke Archway Middle and Senior Leader Development Programmes
  • Principal Development Group
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead training and network

We encourage membership and engagement with national organisations to improve and enhance our expertise, such as the CST and ASCL, and working alongside schools and Trusts with whom we share priorities and expertise.

Our classroom colleagues benefit from routine and regular training in effective teaching and pedagogy, including:

  • Our flagship weekly CPL Programme – all teachers and teaching assistants engage in a highly developed programme to enhance their skills and expertise in the classroom
  • Instructional Coaching, with our delivery partners Steplab – all teachers have an Instructional Coach and engage in fortnightly development cycles to improve their practice in precise, measurable steps.
  • Weekly T&L briefings and bulletins, sharing ideas, messages and instruction to enhance the quality of education.
  • Regular cross-trust network meetings, so subject specialists can meet together and share curriculum plans and resources.

Our PDR Cycle

Our Performance Development Review (PDR) Cycle includes all colleagues across our trust, and every colleague understands that their role directly contributes to the learning, development, safety and wellbeing of our students.

We believe that every colleague should have access to high quality development and support. PDRs enable colleagues to agree focused, values-based objectives to maximise their impact and consider opportunities to continually learn and develop their practice.

Jacob Gamble, Mobile IT Technician:

Back in 2013, I started as a casual technician, diving into the tech scene with enthusiasm. Those early days at Nottingham Emmanuel School laid the foundation for what would become an incredible journey. Fast forward five years, and I found myself deep in the world of apprenticeship. The challenges were real, but so were the victories. I embraced the learning curve, honing my skills and soaking up everything tech-related like a sponge. Finally, the moment arrived when I qualified and aced my MTA. That marked the transition to becoming a full-fledged technician. The feeling of accomplishment was unreal, and I was ready to take on whatever the tech world threw at me. This year brought another exciting chapter—I stepped into the role of Mobile Technician. Now, I’m the go-to person, hopping between all the sites within the trust, making sure our tech game is strong everywhere. It’s been a blast helping out and being the tech superhero the team needs. Looking back, it’s incredible to see the evolution from a casual techie to a Mobile Technician. Archway Learning Trust has been more than a workplace; it’s been a platform for growth, learning, and embracing new challenges. Here’s to a decade of tech adventures and to the awesome team that makes it all worthwhile!

Alison Frost, Site Manager, Bluecoat Aspley Academy:

Since joining the Trust in 2004 I have covered several positions and always been very supported and enjoyed my roles. I am really enjoying my current position , it’s very busy and no two days are the same – some are challenging but that’s what I thrive on and enjoy. Since I have been at the academy it has expanded and achieved so much for staff and students. We are the biggest site within the trust and I am holding two schools on my campus as Bluecoat Trent Academy are based here whilst their new school is being built which is going to be fabulous!

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