David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust

Our mission is to broaden the horizons of our pupils through the provision of a world-class education.

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The Trust is a leading academy trust, committed to giving every student attending one of our schools a world-class education.

Our education creates academically gifted, confident, well-rounded young people in the classroom, in the workplace and in their communities.

Our network of 35 unique and diverse academies is committed to becoming the top performing multi-academy trust (MAT) in the country. We pride ourselves on our academic rigour, driven by talented, dedicated and inspiring teachers who help our students to fulfil their true potential.

About Us

Our schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident academic best.

We are recognised as one of the 11 system leaders for education across England. Across our network we have inspirational leaders, working collaboratively to improve the education outcomes and experiences of young people.

We offer world-class varied enrichment programmes unrivalled in the state sector. It covers music, sport, culture and personal development across our network to encourage all our young people to explore new areas, develop their passion and discover their talent. 

88% of primary school children now attend a school that has been rated Good or Outstanding since joining the Trust in comparison to 32% on conversion.

Over three-quarters of the Trust’s secondary schools that have been inspected since joining the Trust are also now ranked Good or Outstanding.

Remuneration & benefits

  • We offer generous salaries and automatic access to a pension scheme that is amongst the best in the sector
  • A range of additional benefits including; bike to work scheme, eye care, child care vouchers and a range of health and wellbeing benefits.

Career development

  • We have one of the highest rate of internal promotions across all MATs - in excess 73%.
  • Clear career pathways plans are place for all our teachers, giving opportunities for career growth and on-going learning and development.
  • Secondment opportunities are provided across our MAT network, providing valuable opportunities to develop and learn within our Trust and experience different environments within our MAT network.
  • In order to deliver a world-class education, we work with world-renowned organisations that are specialists in their fields. Through their support we can further enrich the learning experiences of our pupils, and provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and experiences that are truly unique to our Trust. We are incredibly proud of our partnerships with many prestigious organisations including Russell Group universities, independent schools, arts and music specialists, national governing bodies, professional clubs and many hundreds of national, regional and local organisations across the UK.

A warm welcome

To welcome you to the Trust we offer an outstanding local and Trust Induction Programme to enable you to quickly learn about our Trust, our academies and our mission and values, along with the necessary knowledge to enable you to become a contributing member of our Trust.

Our offer at every stage of your career

Whether you are just starting your career journey in teaching or a senior leader looking for your next challenge, we offer a diverse and exciting range of opportunities as well as our range of benefits.

Routes into teaching

We have three routes into teaching, with exciting opportunities across our 34 Schools.

School Direct Programme

This is a full time unsalaried one-year course. We offer placements at our primary schools through the University of Hull and University of Northampton and secondary placements through the University of Hull in English, Maths, Science, MFL, History and Geography. This unsalaried programme offers ongoing support by the Trust and the University, along with opportunities to gain practical experience whilst you learn. You can find out more about these programmes on the Department for Education Teacher Training course portal by searching for David Ross Education Trust.

Teach First Programme

Partnered with Teach First – a national charity – this a two-year programme resulting in Qualified Teacher Status and offers graduates the opportunity to train as a teacher as well as a placement within the school. This is a salaried programme, which provides support by the Trust and Teach First, along with opportunities to gain practical experience whilst you learn. Prospective teachers will need to apply directly to Teach First.

Early Career Teacher support

For the Trust, DRET Teaching School Hub provides Early Career Teachers (ECT) with a robust induction to the profession through the ECT Programme, led in partnership with Ambition Institute to ensure that ECTs and Mentors are supported throughout the two-year ECT induction period. During that time, ECTs and mentors will have access to a blended learning experience, including evidence-informed training and materials, regular mentoring using an instructional coaching model, as well as facilitated content led by the Teaching School Hub’s Expert Visiting Fellows. The programme covers all aspects of the early Career Framework, supporting ECTs to keep getting better, so they can continue to improve and thrive during their career.


National Modern Language SCITT Hub

If you would like to train as Languages teacher, you can through the National Modern Languages SCITT- a route that privileges subject specific training on the ground, with experienced practitioners.

Humberston Academy is the lead school for the Humber and North Lincolnshire Hub of the National Modern Language SCITT. Applications can be made either on UCAS website, by searching for The National Modern Language SCITT, Training Provider Code 2FL. To apply to the Humber and North Lincolnshire Hub, please select Training Location Code M. 

Charles Read Academy is the lead school for East Midlands and South Lincolnshire Hub of the National Modern Language SCITT. Applications can be made either on UCAS website, by searching for The National Modern Language SCITT, Training Provider Code 2FL. To apply to the Humber and North Lincolnshire Hub, please select Training Location Code Y.


You will also be joining a highly skilled and supportive team with exceptional and experienced teachers, inspirational school leaders and a professional central team. CPD and Trust-wide collaboration is high priority for us and critical to our success as a Trust.

We offer our teachers the opportunity to grow their career in different roles including; additional responsibilities, Subject Leaders and Leadership within schools and across the Trust.

Senior Leaders including Principals

Our Senior Leaders play a pivotal role in helping shape and support world class education across the Trust.

We offer competitive salaries, a bonus scheme and leadership and executive development opportunities across the Trust. You will have the opportunity to engage with our system leaders, working with other experienced and inspirational colleagues to help plan and shape our approaches to benefit our wider community. As well as on going CPD, we offer a range of leadership and management programmes to support your career advancement.

Head Office and Support Roles

There is a range of different support and Head Office roles across the Trust:

Education Support: From Teaching Assistants to Cover Supervisors and Pastoral Support, the Trust offers a large range of opportunities.  If you want to make a difference to the learning experience of children, one or our many educational support roles may be the ideal role for you.  All employees are provided with appropriate training and support as well as opportunities to develop your career.

Operations: We have a wide variety of operation support roles based within our schools and our Head Office. These range from Caretakers to Academy Operation Managers.  These roles are critical to the efficient running of our schools ensuring that all our premises provide a safe and happy environment for our children, staff and visitors.  

Head Office Roles: Our Head Office teams include; Finance; IT; Human Resources; Data and Governance and each offer a range of opportunities which support the smooth and efficient running of all our schools.

Overseas Trained Teachers

We value the contribution overseas-trained teachers make to our schools. If you are an overseas-trained teacher there is specific eligibility criteria that you will need to meet and certain processes we need to follow. Please contact hrenquiries@dret.co.uk for more information. 

Candidate Information Pack

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