Teaching at an academy
With over 600 academies currently across England and even more than that converting year-by-year, there are a vast majority of opportunities for a teacher to get stuck in at Academies across the UK, throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
As state-funded schools with the advantage of more self-governance, academies typically offer more than the typical education for their students alongside more freedom for the teacher.
Why should you teach at an academy?
Once a school converts to an academy status, they will be granted the control over the pay that they provide as well the conditions that they create for their staff and what those staff should teach.
This means that teachers within these institutions are given a great deal more freedom, thanks to the lack of local authority initiatives, allowing for the exploration of new and innovative approaches to how they deal with management and more.
Of course, many academies do require further funding to allow for this, which they can gain through sponsors from local businesses, charities, authorities or other voluntary groups via a partnership with the Department for Education (DfE).
Since their conception, a number of authorities have stated the success of academies across the UK, including the following:
- Ofsted has previously judged one-third of the academies across the UK to be outstanding at leadership and management, with over 90% to be good or better.
- The National Audit Office has also stated that GCSE performance in academies is better than other schools.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers has also stated that standards at academies are rising at a faster rate than average.