At Excalibur Academies Trust, we understand that teaching isn’t just a career, it’s a vocation.
Teaching is an opportunity to leave a wonderful legacy that positively affects each and every student (and colleague!) you will meet throughout your career.
We provide a truly collaborative and supportive environment for our staff (both school-based and within our central office), students and our wider community. Doing so means we ensure our students receive a fantastic education, and create a workplace that encourages our staff to reach their highest aspirations.
As part of this, we’re committed to developing the next generation of teachers, managers and leaders in education.
That is why we provide clearly defined pathways to success, such as facilitating opportunities to get into teaching, and offering new opportunities for current staff members to flourish.
How Excalibur Is Creating a New Generation of Teachers
We work closely with organisations in our local community, as well as national institutions to develop new opportunities for those looking to get into teaching.
One of the many ways in which we achieve this is delivering in-depth and accessible training to Early Careers Teachers (ECTs) through our partnership with Wiltshire & Swindon Teaching School Hub. This provides an excellent opportunity for new teachers in our local community looking to kick-start their career.
We also offer a School Direct PGCE in collaboration with Bath Spa University. . This is a one-year training programme for graduates who want hands-on training in a school. Our students feel part of our school family and get the chance to learn on the job in at least two different schools, working with experienced colleagues and putting new skills into practice from day one. Based out of our very own St John’s Marlborough School, this training places individuals in schools across our Trust.
But our work doesn’t stop there. We’re going above and beyond to promote teaching and attract new STEM teachers by providing undergraduates an invaluable opportunity to experience teaching for themselves through our DfE funded teaching internship programme.
Providing Development Pathways for Our Staff
While we’re incredibly proud to be able to provide such wonderful opportunities for ECTs, we know that development doesn’t stop there.
Excalibur Academies Trust is dedicated to lifelong learning and development. Our staff are equally valued and encouraged to take advantage of the development opportunities across our Trust.
So, whether you’re a teacher looking for the next challenge, or a member of our support staff looking to advance in their career, we’re here to support you in making the most of your career in education. There are plenty of opportunities to experience new roles, learn new skills, and collaborate with different colleagues by taking a secondment or mentoring role.
We also provide access to apprenticeships through the government’s Apprenticeship Levy, allowing staff to take on qualifications and further education in areas such as leadership and role-specific training.
Moreover, we’re currently developing a new online, interactive hub for staff members, which will give them on-demand access to personal and professional development materials, such as:
- Videos and interactive training exercises
- Guides and written learning resources
- Presentations from various experienced speakers in the industry
What Is It Like Working at Excalibur?
Our people make us who we are, and we’re incredibly proud to be home to such dedicated, ambitious staff members. We understand that working in education can be as challenging as it is rewarding, but we’re here to help.
That is why we provide a range of benefits and rewards for our staff members as standard, including:
- A defined benefits pension scheme
- Generous annual leave
- Employee assistance programme
- Cycle-to-work scheme
- Opportunities for flexible working
We are also strong believers in the power of collaboration and peer support, which is why we are working on our staff appraisal system to make coaching an integral part of it. This will ensure leaders across the Trust get to truly know their team on a more personal and understanding basis which will feed into personal and professional development goals, set on an individual basis unique to each staff member.
Most importantly, our support goes beyond our own four walls. We know that striking that all important work-life balance in education can be difficult, so we’re introducing new measures to make it easier.
By working in partnership with Athelstan Trust — a leading example of a Trust establishing flexible working patterns in education — we aim to provide our own staff with the ability to arrange flexible working styles that better suit their needs and commitments beyond Excalibur.