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Early Career Teachers (ECT) – Join Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust!

As our trust continues to grow, we are seeking enthusiastic and passionate Early Career Teachers (ECTs) to join our team and contribute to the success of our schools. As an ECT at Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust, you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills in a supportive and collaborative environment. We believe in investing in our teachers, to not only support their development, but offer opportunities to grow and progress through the trust! We offer a comprehensive induction and mentoring program to ensure a smooth transition into teaching.

  • Deliver engaging and high-quality lessons to inspire and motivate students
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create a positive and inclusive learning environment
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance teaching skills
  • Contribute to the wider school community through extracurricular activities and events

Why Choose the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust?

Osborne Co-operative Academy is a Multi-Academy Trust, with 12 schools of which 3 are Secondary Schools, 1 junior School and 8 Primary Schools. We have over 1100 members of staff and 7500 pupils across the trust. The trust prides itself on working through mutual co-operation and creating a community of schools that treats every student equally and inspires them individually to achieve more by guiding them along their academic and personal journeys for future success.

Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is a dynamic and forward-thinking Academy Trust committed to providing an inspiring and supportive environment for both students and staff. With a strong focus on collaboration, innovation, and excellence, we are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of leaders and learners. Our schools are located in diverse communities, offering a rich tapestry of experiences for both educators and students.

We understand that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are dedicated to providing them with benefits that include a professional development process and continued professional development opportunities, access to online training and support nationally recognised qualifications through the Apprenticeship Levy as well as competitive salaries, generous annual leave, recognition of continuous service and access to the Employee Assistance Programme.

We also recognise the importance of work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements, including part-time and job-sharing options as well as internal opportunities to support employees to have better working lives. Our commitment to our employees’ wellbeing extends to offering individual support and counselling services through our Employee Assistance Program and a supportive work environment that fosters teamwork, open communication, and recognition for a job well done. We believe that by investing in our employees’ professional and personal growth, we are investing in the future of our pupils and our community as a whole.

How Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust can help your future teaching career!

  • An ECT has progressed their career throughout the Trust to become a Headteacher
  • Last year we employed and mentored 54 ECTs with a 100% success rate passing year 1 or completing year 2
  • There is a significant number of former ECT’s that are now part of SLT within the trust
  • One of our current ECTs has had 2 promotions within 18 months progressing to head of year!

Staff testimonials

The Trust are committed to supporting, helping, and progressing people who are just starting in their career... you'll get that support and encouragement from the Trust, and the staff members within it.

Victoria Spradbery, Teacher.

To hear first-hand from staff who have worked within our Trust as Early Career Teachers, Watch on YouTube">watch our YouTube ECT playlist.

How we can help you succeed in your teaching career:

  1. Supportive Mentoring Program: Benefit from a robust mentoring program designed to guide ECTs through their first years of teaching, providing a strong foundation for career growth
  2. Innovative Teaching Practices: Embrace a culture of innovation, where creativity and new ideas are encouraged. Our schools are equipped with modern facilities to facilitate effective teaching and learning
  3. Collaborative Community: Join a community of passionate educators who collaborate, share best practices, and work together to create a positive impact on students' lives
  4. Career Development Opportunities: Take advantage of ongoing professional development opportunities, including training sessions, workshops, and access to resources that support your career progression
  5. Diverse Student Population: Teach in vibrant and diverse communities, gaining valuable experience working with students from various backgrounds and cultures
  6. Commitment to Well-being: We prioritise the well-being of our staff and offer a range of well-being initiatives to support a healthy work-life balance.

In return for your hard work, you will receive:

  • July or August Start Dates and paid throughout the summer
  • Relocation package of up to £8,000 for new employees renting or buying a property
  • Support from highly experienced SLT members, and the wider trust network and collaboration with our other schools.
  • Support network for all staff including managing workloads and work-life balance
  • Career progression throughout the Trust, with the ability to progress in other schools
  • Recognition of continuous service
  • Excellent CPD opportunities through the school and the trust
  • Fully Subsided Employee Assistance Programme
  • Excellent behaviour management policy to support all staff
  • National Conditions of Service
  • Automatic enrolment into the National Teachers Pension Scheme

Why being a Co-operative Trust matters?

St Clere's Co-operative Academy Trust was established in 2011 and then in 2017, the trust was renamed Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust. The name was chosen in honour of the original founder of the trust, Mr Ray Osborne, who was the previous Chair, who passed away at the grand old age of 86 in the summer of 2016. Ray Osborne had been a governor at St Clere’s School since the school opened in 1978. He only ever missed one meeting, which was held a fortnight before he died. Ray was Chair of Governors at the school from 1980 and Chair of the Trust from the beginning of 2011.

Our Trust’s schools include Arthur Bugler Primary School, Brentwood County High School, East Tilbury Primary School, Horndon-on-the Hill Primary School, Stanford-le-Hope Primary School, Thameside Primary School, Thames Park Secondary School, Little Thurrock Primary School, Doddinghurst Junior School, and St Clere’s Secondary School.

For us, being a co-operative means that we are all part of a large community of individuals who work together for our mutual benefit. In our case, we are a large group of people who share a common goal of improving young people's education and supporting each other every day in our endeavours.

One of the main benefits of being a co-operative is that we can pool our resources and expertise to achieve more than we could on our own. By working together, we can access services and support that we might not be able to afford individually, such as finance, ICT, building and maintenance or legal advice. This helps us to grow and achieve our goals more effectively.

Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust Values

Our schools work collaboratively to fulfil the potential of our students. Our staff are supported effectively to grow as educators within our trust. Our trust invests intellectually and emotionally with both staff and pupils. Our professional development process ensures that the co-operative values are embedded in all our schools and their communities.

We empower our schools and our local governing bodies and leadership teams to reflect their local context. We provide our schools with strong central school improvement support, strategic planning, and high-quality support services. Our core method of delivering education in the local communities we serve is based on a strong commitment to inclusion, diversity, and child-centred education.

Everyone in our Trust uphold the international co-operative values:

  • Self-help
    Encouraging all within the organisation to help each other, by working together to gain mutual benefits. Helping people to help themselves.
  • Self-responsibility
    To take responsibility for, and answer to, our actions.
  • Democracy
    Our stakeholders have a say in the way we run our schools.
  • Equality
    Equal rights and benefits for all stakeholders.
  • Equity
    Being fair and unbiased.
  • Solidarity
    Supporting each other.

The values are something that you will actually see lived rather than just spoken about.

Watch on YouTube">Sharon Jenner, Executive Headteacher - Secondary.

Interested in joining our Trust?

Yes, I am interested

That's fantastic, we invite you to explore our current teaching vacancies by following the link at the bottom of this page, from these vacancy posts you will be able to apply. Together, we can work towards providing the highest quality education to our pupils.

I’m interested but there aren't any vacancies available

Sorry that there aren't any vacancies available. However, we are always seeking skilled and enthusiastic individuals who are committed to making a positive impact so if you can please contact us and leave your details we will get in touch when a suitable vacancy becomes available.

I’m interested but I've not completed my initial teacher training

We have a wide range of roles available in our schools that can support your development, and offer opportunities to grow and progress through the Trust. We invite you to explore all of our current vacancies by following the link at the bottom of this page.

I’m interested but need more information

Not to worry, if you have unanswered questions you can contact us and we'll do our best to help.

For more information please check out our Vacancies in our Trust page or visit What it’s like to work in our Trust.

Teacher vacancies in our trust

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