Work With STEP

STEP Academy Trust is a growing family of primary academies that strive together for excellence in partnership to improve children’s life chances.  Where we have the capacity to make a difference, we are morally bound to do so to ensure that our children, staff and Academy communities benefit from excellent teaching, learning and leadership. At the heart of the Trust’s mission are the children.  All decisions are determined by what is in their best interests.

As a growing multi-academy trust, STEP is always seeking to recruit talented professionals who share our moral purpose. We are particularly interested in hearing from teachers and aspiring leaders.  Please contact Cheryl Gilbert, STEP Company Secretary –



School Direct Training Programme

School Direct Host – STEP Academy Trust

STEP Mission Statement:

At STEP Academy Trust, we are committed to improving the life chances of all children. Where we have the capacity to make a difference, we are morally bound to do so.

Underpinning STEP Academy Trust is a shared belief that together academies can achieve things which are not possible on their own. Like a family, close collaboration and generosity of spirit, which includes transferring teaching staff to support vulnerable partners, ensures educational transformation can be achieved. A key principle of STEP Academy Trust is that member Academies maintain their own character. Although independent, by working in partnership, the STEP Academies are able to reach heights which would not be possible on their own. Currently, we have thirteen Academies in our partnership, located within the London Boroughs of Croydon, Bromley and Southwark and East Sussex. Those located in Croydon: Applegarth, David Livingstone, Gonville, Heathfield and Wolsey Juniors. In Bromley: our French specialist Free School, La Fontaine Academy and in Southwark: Angel Oak.  Our Academies located in East Sussex are:  Breakwater Academy, Burfield Academy, Hawkes Farm Academy, High Cliff Academy, Phoenix Academy and White House Academy.

Having supported many terrific School Direct students previously, we relish the opportunity to give the support to enable every student to achieve their ambition to become outstanding educators.

Our University Partner – Roehampton University

The University of Roehampton has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years and has a long-established, international reputation as one of the principal providers of teacher education in the UK. Many members of the academic staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of provision for all of their students; and all tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors.

The University views the support of its students as an integral part of its role. Every student studying on the PGCE course is there because Roehampton consider that he or she has the potential to become an outstanding, effective teacher. Roehampton recognises that teaching is a rewarding but demanding career and that there are times when even the best students will face challenges. Every student benefits from the strong support system in the School of Education as well as having individual named tutors to whom they can turn for advice and support.

Qualification Outcome – PGCE (M)

PGCE with Masters Credits. Successfully completing all aspects of the course, both during your school experiences and university based learning, will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Master Credits.


The programme is designed to support you in developing a range of skills that are required to become a successful primary school teacher. We want you to:

  • Become an effective classroom practitioner; planning and delivering engaging and stimulating lessons;
  • Appreciate the similarities and differences in pupils, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour and attainment and how to plan for this in your lessons;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy;
  • Begin to understand the complex range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.

This is achieved through the collaborative approach between teaching placements within STEP and university based learning at the University of Roehampton.

Academic Requirements

The PGCE is a challenging, exciting and rigorous course. The entry requirements are, therefore, necessarily stringent, both academically and personally.

Applicants should ideally have a 2:1 in a relevant degree but candidates with 2:2s will be considered. You will also need at least grade C or above at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and an undergraduate degree.


What We Offer

At STEP we recognise that it is the exceptional quality of our staff at all levels that are the key to ensuring every single pupil receives the highest quality education and is supported in their development towards becoming highly effective members of society.

All of our current employees, from the administration team behind the scenes, to NQTs, Senior Leaders, Headteachers and Trustees, passionately believe in STEP’s mission and values, and any prospective member of staff would need to demonstrate their passion for these too.

If STEP’s mission – to improve the life chances of all children – and our PUPAC values resonate, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

In return for your commitment to our vision, mission and values, we offer a comprehensive and unrivalled benefits package for staff, including (but not limited to):

  • A genuine opportunity for accelerated career progression across the Trust;
  • A comprehensive CPD package for all staff, including:
    • A minimum of 7 separate NQT development days each year;
    • Sponsored participation on leadership training such as MPQML, NPQSL, NPQH (ie STEP will fully fund the training);
    • Sponsored participation on Masters and PhD courses for staff of all levels (again, fully funded by STEP);
  • Pay rises for all teaching staff above those that are nationally awarded (for example, we recently awarded all teaching staff a 2% pay increase which was double the 1% recommendation from Government);
  • A free lunch, every day, freshly cooked each day in our Academies.


Here is what some of our staff have to say about working with STEP:

‘The support given by senior leaders across the academies and my colleagues as been exceptional, ensuring my development as a teacher. All of this has helped me feeling that I’m part of a strong team within the Academy’       Megan Gwenlan – Class Teacher

‘Working in a STEP school is like no other. STEP is a happy and productive organisation with a lovely atmosphere for teaching! We are all passionate regardless of our roles and strive forward together as one!’        Ross Radford – Physical Education Teacher

‘Since starting with STEP one year ago, I can honestly say that I have not been happier in my teaching career. As a Class Teacher and newly appointed Maths Leader, I have been welcomed in to the team warmly by both staff and the students. I have received a lot of continuing professional development from the leadership and they have listened to my ambitions and passion which led me to being appointed as a Maths Leader’        Charlotte Blackler – Class Teacher

‘I enjoy working for STEP as we now have a say on what is put on the menu, we also use better ingredients including fresh produce. I feel like a important member of the academy’     Lisa Harris – Cook