Woodside Academy is the lead school in a training partnership work with Essex Initial Teacher Training. Graduate trainees on the programme working at Woodside or one of our partner schools and receiving training on site at one of the Essex centres and can gain Qualified Teacher Status within a year. We have been running this and similar programmes for some years and many of our staff are our own ex-trainees. Last year we trained 6 teachers but, as we had no vacancies suitable for Newly Qualified Teachers they are all now working in other local schools. This year we again have 6 trainees. We will be operating the programme again next year but after this we have decided to continue to train, but not as a lead school.
We welcome volunteers but we obviously need to conduct thorough checks before this can happen. Volunteering to help in class can provide the essential experience you need if you are planning to work in education but would not necessarily be the route to a support staff post at Woodside. When recruiting teaching assistants we now have a policy of only employing graduates who intend to follow a career in teaching and may later wish to join our graduate training programme. Previous paid or voluntary experience working with children in a school environment is an essential criteria for these applicants.
We occasionally need people to able to cover the absence of cleaning, catering or lunchtime supervisory staff and this is work which could lead to a permanent post. If you could be suitable and available for such please contact the school office with your details.