Learning and Development

Our commitment to nurturing our young people and the leaders of tomorrow goes hand in hand with our commitment to the people who make it possible.

We are a learning organisation, committed to the ongoing development of all our people, beginning with those taking the first step on a journey into teaching to the most experienced senior professionals making significant contributions to system leadership.

Through our learning and development centre, Star Institute, we offer training and support to help you develop within your role or progress to the next level.


Our commitment to your development starts on your first day. As a new Star employee, you will receive a comprehensive induction programme designed to welcome you to Star Academies and familiarise you with our culture. You will explore how we operate, our STAR values, how they support our vision and look at why Star Academies is a great place to work.

Whatever your role, your development will continue after this initial Star induction, whether it be formal training packages, or on the job training.

Newly appointed senior leaders also join a trust-wide 3-day induction programme designed to quickly immerse you in leading in The Star Way; our essential guide to the policies and procedures that underpin our Star Quality Standards.


We provide a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities across the Trust to help you expand and fulfil your personal and professional potential.

As an education establishment and public body operating in a highly regulated environment where pupils’ safety and well-being is at the fore, we provide a suite of mandatory training modules relevant to your role. These include Data Protection, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, E-Safety and Fire Safety. This training supports employees in undertaking their roles, meeting health and safety requirements and ensuring external statutory requirements and standards are fulfilled.

But it doesn’t stop with the basics. From online learning, to one-to-one coaching, to nationally accredited programmes such as our National Professional Leadership Qualifications, we have development opportunities that give you the chance to learn new skills, grow your knowledge and realise your ambitions.

Star Corporate Management Groups

Our Corporate Management Groups support the development of standardised approaches and collaborative autonomy across Star. Bringing together professionals from across our schools and Star Central, the Groups provide the opportunity for the collaborative development of Star-wide policies, peer support, joint planning and moderation.

Star Excellence Professional Pathways

We know that to attract, recruit and keep the best Star talent, we need to give you the opportunity to develop your career with Star. Designed with your career in mind, the Star Excellence Professional Pathways offer a framework to help you reach your career goals.

By setting out the indicative skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a role and the learning interventions available to support you, the Star Excellence Professional Pathways help map out the opportunities at every stage of your career. Underpinned by in-house training, coaching and nationally recognised qualifications, your personalised Star Excellence Professional Pathway will support you from entry-level to senior practitioner – inspiring a practice of life-long learning. And when you feel ready for the next step, you’ll be open to an internal Star job market across the country.

Work for us

Don’t miss your chance to join the Star family. Search current vacancies for a role that suits you or set up an email alert to receive updates when a suitable role is available.

If you can’t find a suitable vacancy right now, don’t worry. As a growing organisation, new opportunities will be available in the near future.

The best and most straightforward way to stay up to date is to join the Star Talent Pool. There’s just one simple online form to fill out. We’ll use this information to match you to future roles, alongside giving you access to exclusive recruitment events and providing regular contact with a member of our recruitment team.

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