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La Fontaine Academy and STEP Academy Trust are committed to equality of opportunity and to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Prospective Teachers

At La Fontaine Academy, you never stop learning, you’re part of STEP Academy Trust - a supportive network that’s leading the way in getting children to succeed academically while also enabling them to become leaders - and your work makes an impact on the community every day.

As STEP Academy Trust grows to serve more children in varied communities, we need passionate teammates to join us and make their impact.

We are always keen to hear from prospective teachers and support staff who might be interested in joining our team in the future.If you would like to find out more about our school, do not hesitate to get in touch.

We will be holding regular visits and recruitment events throughout the year for potential teaching and support staff. For more information email our Headteacher.

Our Vision for our Team

As a teacher at La Fontaine Academy, you will be able to work with a great team of colleagues and design a truly inspirational curriculum which will enable our children to become confident and socially-minded 21st century citizens.

Being part of our team of teachers, you will be able to use your creativity and shape the way our school will provide outstanding learning opportunities for our children.

As our school grows over the next few years, you will always be supported in terms of your leadership and, if so you wish, you will be able to take on responsibilities in various areas of school life.

Our vision is to create an outstanding team of teachers who will provide our children with the best education they deserve. We want every pupil at our school to succeed academically while also enabling them to grow as joyful individuals who will have the confidence to shape the world around them.

Educational leadership

Members of our team are involved in educational research and engage with current debates in terms of teaching and learning. We attempt to influence practices beyond our Academy and Academy Trust on, for instance, mastery teaching and values-driven education. To our minds, teaching is the greatest vocation in the world, and we are always seeking the best ideas to improve the way education works. As part of our vision, we are looking to create a team that will develop models of good practice in creative teaching and learning and language teaching in the UK.

Staff development

To achieve our aims, we need to recruit and support the very best staff. We believe in valuing all our staff and therefore take professional development very seriously. At all times in our school, every member of staff will be engaged in teaching and learning. All our staff must lead by example and demonstrate the behaviours and attitudes which are rooted in our values of Excellence, Respect, Collaboration, Responsibility, and Creativity. In return for their high level of commitment to enabling our children to reach the best outcomes, we will provide our staff with excellent opportunities for growth and development. We do not grade observations. We do not grade our teachers at all – neither for performance management, nor appraisal, nor pay, nor inspection. We believe that trusting our teachers with the autonomy to improve creates a strong, vibrant staff culture. We never make high-stakes, biannual judgements of teachers; we prefer continual, low-stakes feedback, practice and reflection.

Family ethos

Most of all, to join La Fontaine Academy is to become part of a family. Families rally round when times are tough. Families help each other out and are honest with each other. Every day, we eat a family lunch together with our pupils. We are always thinking hard about how we can become the best we can be for our colleagues, parents and pupils.

Key benefits working for STEP Academy Trust include

  • Access to a supportive network of teachers and school leaders working across school hubs in South East London and East Sussex.
  • Access to a strongly-established NQT programme.
  • Possibility to undertake further studies (e.g. Masters, Ph.D., etc.) sponsored by STEP Academy Trust.
  • Possibility to access nationally-recognised leadership programmes such as Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders (NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH).
  • When applying for a position for a new academic year, possibility to start in June/July and be paid over the summer.
  • Free lunches every day when eating with the children.

Key Partnerships

Future Leaders: a leadership programme that aims to raise the achievement of children, regardless of background, and to provide them with equal choices and opportunities in life.

Teaching Leaders: an education charity focused on developing outstanding middle leaders.

Mathematics Mastery: a programme based on tried and tested approaches used by the best teachers, departments and schools in the UK and abroad.

Some of the books we base our work on

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