Thurrock Council Education Department
Thurrock Council gained unitary status in April 1998. It was created to meet the particular needs of the community nesting in the South-West corner of Essex and next to London. This strong community focus is reflected in our approach to schools. We believe in the ethos of the new agenda in education and we are intent on designing and providing a teaching service that adds value and raises educational standards.
Over 20,000 pupils are educated in 47 Primary schools, 10 Secondary schools. 16 Primary schools have Nursery classes for pupils aged 3-4, there are 10 Infant schools and 4 of which have an Early Years programme. In the primary sector, there are 5 voluntary aided schools and one voluntary controlled school.
One secondary school is a girls only R.C. voluntary aided. Six secondary schools have Foundation status, and 3 are controlled. Post 16 education is offered through 2 Colleges and an Adult Education Centre. To cope with increased demand, two new schools, part of an innovative learning campus, are scheduled to be built in the Chafford Hundred new town development by 2001. There is an increasing demand for qualified teachers. Each year NQTs make up nearly 10% of the teaching workforce. By the end of 2000 only 20% of the primary school classes will have over 30 pupils. There are particularly good opportunities for rapid promotion with a strong demand for experienced teachers.
In 2000-2001, Thurrock schools recruited approximately 10% of the teaching workforce as NQT`s, 80 posts were filled by NQT`s. 75% of these were primary. An almost equal number of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 posts were available last year. A similar demand is expected this year. A "pool" system is in operation whereby applicants details are circulated to all Thurrock primary and secondary schools. Headteachers and Governors then shortlist for specific vacancies and contact candidates for interview.
There is a package of RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES available. It is possible to start teaching in the Summer term and be paid from that date. Most Thurrock Primary Schools have more than ten teachers. This means opportunities for promotions frequently occur. Most schools have a recently qualified teacher able to offer support.
Housing and accommodation in Thurrock is relatively cheaper than London prices. A full staff development programme is available for NQT`s based in the Professional Development Centre. Thurrock schools also provide a mentoring system to support NQT`s throughout the induction year.