Discovery is an innovative, high performing multi-academy trust working across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland dedicated to improving learning and teaching by creating a culture that promotes excellence. The needs of all children are placed at the heart of all decision-making regardless of the school they attend. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively in order to provide an outstanding education for all children, so children achieve their full potential in line with our company vision.
To help us realise this we recruit hard working inspirational people, committed to our five-core values; Excellence, Respect, Partnership, Integrity and Inclusion. It is only with such outstanding people that we can succeed in our vision. In return we offer dynamic and energetic school environments to work from with opportunities for progression, and a wealth of career development prospects for everyone. Colleagues are able to move between schools to gain experience, collaborate with partners, join network and peer to peer groups and work in different roles as appropriate, including secondment opportunities.
Discovery believe everyone should have limitless learning opportunities and places staff development and wellbeing at the centre of our strategic planning. All colleagues are offered training opportunities, high quality professional development and ongoing feedback through carefully structured appraisal systems.
Our Apprenticeship Strategy improves year on year as new employment opportunities are created for people wanting a career in education as well as providing existing staff opportunities to start new learning journeys to gain higher work based qualifications that help them grow but have a positive impact on the organisation.
We are committed to helping our employees develop their skills and qualifications and have a fantastic track record of career progression.Find out more about our Apprenticeships
Discovery knows the importance of working with staff across the entire organisation to ensure that their career objectives are regularly discussed and used a focal point for planning their professional development. All our schools and teams have access to an annual career development and professional learning plan which is completed by each member of staff alongside their line manager. The plan provides an opportunity for every member of staff to reflect on their current role and consider where they might want to go within the next 3-5 years. This coaching style conversation leads to a meaningful dialogue between the employee and manager and ensures that all staff professional development is centred around their goals and how they can bring about more impact for the children and adults they work with. Each member of staff owns this plan and reviews this with their manager 4 times per year adjusting as they progress.
We are passionate about making sure we have a flow of talented people and this process allows Discovery to support school leaders and managers in the central team to carefully plan next steps for staff as a part of a trust wide a process. This process helps us to ensure that there are talent pathways in place for staff who are looking for career progression and increased responsibility and equally helps staff to focus their learning on something that makes them more impactful.
For more information about our Career Planning process please contact:
HR Team – 0116 318 4066
At Discovery Trust, we firmly believe in the investment placed upon ensuring all of our teachers are provided with the time and space to learn so that they can provide the best possible teaching for the pupils in their care.
To allow teachers to spend time developing their skills and knowledge, we have created ‘Teacher Development Time’.