In order to deliver on our aspiration to become the leading multi-academy trust in the country, we need to support, recognise and champion the expertise and efforts of our teaching and non teaching staff.

To achieve this, the Trust has developed a strong infrastructure that allows educationalists to focus on inspiring and engaging our students, support staff to work collaboratively, and to share and embrace innovation and best practice at every level of the organisation.

This infrastructure includes:

Teaching School Alliance

We are delighted that the Trust was awarded teaching school status in April 2014.

Our Teaching School Alliance (TSA) has two overarching goals:

  • Ensuring that schools within the Trust are supported to achieve excellence
  • Supporting practitioners to deliver high quality teaching and learning

In essence, the Trust’s Teaching School Alliance is the key driver for the school improvement work which occurs across the Trust. Academies and staff within the Trust have access to a range of bespoke and inclusive support that is provided as part of their commitment to the Trust.

Additional support can also be brokered by individual academies through the Teaching School, from highly skilled and effective professionals.

Regional hubs

Every academy works within a regional hub. These are a sub-group of academies linked by geography, that have a designated Academy Improvement Lead who is responsible for the sharing of best practice, innovation and collaboration within each hub.

At every level, best practice is championed and priorities shared. Heads of Department, for example, share resources. Primary teachers share lesson ideas and engaging projects, and support staff pool resources and expertise.

Enrichment and partnerships

Through our sponsor we have access to unique and exciting enrichment opportunities to support learning.

Our partnerships with leading universities, such as the University of Nottingham and the University of Cambridge, as well as organisations such as the British Olympic Association and the National Portrait Gallery, enable the Trust to help raise aspirations and expectations.

Core and regional team support

The Trust believes it is vital that senior educationalists have the capacity to focus on teaching and learning. The Trust provides back office support that includes Finance, HR, Communications, IT and buildings and infrastructure.


Developing and recognising staff is critical to this infrastructure. As a DRET colleague, you will be able to access:

  • A host of bespoke training packages delivered through the Teaching School Alliance, including tailored leadership and mentoring
  • The opportunity to go on secondments to other DRET academies to further your careers goals and aspirations
  • Support as you undertake higher professional qualification
  • A generous holiday package
  • Competitive salaries, automatic access to a pension scheme that is amongst the best in the sector and, depending on the role, an attractive bonus scheme
  • A host of additional benefits, including child care vouchers and the opportunity to be part of the bike-to-work scheme and health and well-being programmes


“Staff receive high-quality guidance and training from senior leaders and also from the Trust… and pupils benefit from a wide range of extra- curricular and enrichment activities.”


Ofsted 2017


“Our students are inspirational young people. What I enjoy most about working at the Trust is that we are able to give these students opportunities that they may never have dreamed of. Space Camp in Alabama, Outward Bound residentials, or even the opportunity to meet Olympic gold medal winners - these are the experiences that shape and define their educational experience.”

Alice Page

Sports Enrichment Co-ordinator

Related Pages