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Our People Strategy

Like many schools, and their overarching organisations, St Paul’s Way Trust School and the UST prioritises the support and development of its staff. Our people are our most important resource. However, our approach is special given our expertise in developing talent.

The UST has its School of Education whose remit is to develop and support all its staff. The School offers training courses, an annual conference and bespoke support for its staff so they can develop their skills. The work of the School of Education is primarily focussed on developing the skills of our teaching staff, but essential training (for example on safeguarding, health and safety, information technology, etc) is available for all our staff.

Overall the Trust looks at its staffing policies under three broad headings:

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • People Development
  • Well-being and Workload

Further information on our approach and activities on all these areas of work are detailed on the Key Information page of the UST website.

This year we have seconded some of our most talented staff into the UST School of Education to further develop our work to support our staff.

Our Offer to You

Exceptional outcomes

  • Exceptional A-Level results.
  • 96% of SPWT graduates going on to study at university.
  • Most oversubscribed school in the borough.
  • Top attendance in the borough.

Bespoke career pathways

  • Teacher Development Trust ‘Bronze’ award for professional learning.
  • University of Greenwich accredited ‘research-lead’ professional learning opportunities.
  • IOE accredited leadership courses (NPQML/ NPQSL/NPQH).        
  • Lead Practitioner Development Programme.
  • Bespoke career pathways for teaching and non teaching support staff.
  • Faculty led CPD budgets.


  • Teacher Development Trust membership.
  • University partners including those from Russell Group.
  • Honorary lecturing opportunities.
  • UST lead school.
  • Opportunities to positively affect student life chances in schools across London.
  • Annual Science Summer School hosted by Professor Brian Cox, the school’s patron.

Attractive pay/conditions

  • Inner London pay spine.
  • Access to car parking facilities.
  • Finance guidance and support.

Great location

  • Located on Hackney / Tower Hamlets border.
  • Walking distance from Victoria Park / Mile End Park.
  • Easy access to the central line and Devons Road DLR.
  • Short commute from Canary Wharf
  • Short to Westfield Stratford.

Unique curriculum

  • Music scholars programme.
  • Faraday school.
  • Academic sixth form.
  • Lead members of the Tower Hamlets Art Network (THAT).
  • Inclusive provision
  • including Deaf Support Base.
  • Greenhouse Tennis provision for students.

Workload and well-being

  • ‘Purposeful practice’ workload tool.
  • On-site gym access.
  • Local incentives/discounts.
  • Access to Cycle/Tech scheme.

Policies driven by professionals

  • Faculty lead feedback policies.
  • Teacher led curriculum design. ‘Purposeful practice’ staff consultation to reduce teacher workload.