Why join us

Of course, the decision of whether or not to work for ELAN is a personal one. However, if you're looking for a supportive and collaborative work environment, a commitment to professional development, and a focus on positive pupil outcomes, then ELAN would be a great place for you.

Here are some of the reasons why.

• We have a strong set of values, which are built upon collaboration, integrity, respect, innovation, and a commitment to providing an extraordinary education for all pupils. It's important to make sure that your own values align with ELAN's values before you apply for a job.

• We have high expectations and aspirations for all of our children. Nurturing high aspirations in children is crucial for their growth and development, but it's equally important to ensure those aspirations are grounded in reality. We help our children to learn about themselves and their potential; overcoming setbacks and challenges. We want all of our children to access an extraordinary education because we all care.

• Team and community are paramount to everything that makes our schools function well. Our shared purpose and strong focus on collaboration and mutual support means that you'll have access to a wide network of colleagues who can offer guidance and support, both professionally and personally. Teamwork distributes the workload, making tasks less daunting and deadlines more achievable. We believe that diverse viewpoints lead to a wider range of solutions and creative approaches to challenges. Your knowledge, voice and experience will be welcomed into the team's melting pot of ideas.

• Working with children in an ELAN school means building strong relationships with families, colleagues, and other community members promoting a sense of collaboration and shared responsibility for the wellbeing of children.

• We are looking for people with a wide range of skills and experience. However, regardless of the role you are interested in, there are a few particularly important things, such as a commitment to working with children and young people, excellent communication skills, and a strong work ethic. Show our children that you have high aspirations for yourself and are willing to work hard to achieve them.

• If you're looking for a challenging and rewarding career, then ELAN could be a great place for you. However, it's important to be realistic about your expectations. Working in education can be demanding, and it's not for everyone.

Job opportunities

It is an offence to apply for a role that requires regulated activity if you are barred from doing so. Any concerns will be reported immediately to the appropriate body. Our safeguarding policy and recruitment and selection and ex-offenders policy and procedure is available on our website policies page. We are unable to provide sponsorship under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. As we are unable to sponsor anyone requiring a visa for this role candidates must therefore be able to provide their own right to work in the UK.



  • Job Title

    Teacher

  • Location

    Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

  • Posted

    14th June 2024

  • School

    Walliscote Primary School

  • Salary

    £30,000 - £41,333

  • Hours

    Full Time

  • Description

    Hours: 1FTE Interview date: 11 July 2024 Be part of a unique school community, celebrating the cultural diversity of our Walliscote family. Are you a teacher with a passion for go ...

  • Job Title

    Learning Support Assistant

  • Location

    Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

  • Posted

    14th June 2024

  • School

    Locking Primary School

  • Salary

    £18,051.71 - £18,661.63

  • Hours

    Part Time

  • Description

    Hours: 32 hours and 30 minutes per week plus 32 hours and 30 minutes INSET training per academic year Interview date: 12 July 2024 An ELAN LSA is positive, a team player, motivati ...

  • Job Title

    Teaching Assistants

  • Location

    Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

  • Posted

    12th June 2024

  • School

    Walliscote Primary School

  • Salary

    £12,489.54 - £18,734.31

  • Hours

    Part Time, Term Time

  • Description

    Hours per week: Post 1: 20 including 20 INSET hours per academic year                               Post ...

  • Job Title

    Teaching Assistants

  • Location

    Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

  • Posted

    12th June 2024

  • School

    Bournville Primary School

  • Salary

    £19,983.26

  • Hours

    Full Time

  • Description

    Hours: Both posts are 32 hours per week plus 32 INSET days per academic year Interview date: 3 July 2024 A primary teaching assistant (TA) role is an excellent opportunity to make ...

  • Job Title

    HLTA

  • Location

    Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

  • Posted

    12th June 2024

  • School

    Bournville Primary School

  • Salary

    £22,620.32

  • Hours

    Full Time

  • Description

    Hours; 32 hours per week term time only including 32 inset hours per academic year, term time. Interview date: 3 July 2024 An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified highe ...

  • Job Title

    Learning Support Assistants

  • Location

    Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset

  • Posted

    5th June 2024

  • School

    Milton Park Primary School

  • Salary

    £13,885.93 - £14,355.10

  • Hours

    Part Time, Term Time

  • Description

    Hours: Both posts: 25 hours per week plus 25 INSET hours per academic year Interview date: 25 June 2024 An ELAN LSA is positive, a team player, motivational, flexible, creative, a ...

  • Job Title

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant

  • Location

    Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

  • Posted

    24th May 2024

  • School

    Windwhistle Primary School

  • Salary

    £21,206.54

  • Hours

    Part Time

  • Description

    30 hours per week Monday to Friday term time only including 30 inset hours per academic year Interview date: 19 June 2024 We are looking for a qualified higher level teaching assi ...

  • Job Title

    Teaching Assistant

  • Location

    Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

  • Posted

    24th May 2024

  • School

    Windwhistle Primary School

  • Salary

    £17,173.11

  • Hours

    Part Time

  • Description

    Hours: 27 hours and 30 minutes per week plus 27 hours and 30 minutes inset time per academic year Interview date: 19 June 2024 A primary teaching assistant (TA) role is an excelle ...

Our schools

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Each school in our trust is different with its own culture and story, therefore it is hard to put into words what it is like working in an ELAN school. What you will find that runs through all of our schools is the support, warmth, dedication and good humour of our staff, all of which helps us to enjoy the good days and lighten the more challenging days. You will also find a holistic approach to education reinforcing our aim to provide children with the tools to become well-rounded individuals who are not only academically competent but also emotionally intelligent, socially responsible, and actively engaged in the world around them. This holistic approach isn’t a ‘one-size fits all’ approach but about adapting to the individual needs of each individual and community. By embracing these principles, we can create an educational environment that truly promotes the complete development of every child.

Our schools are an established working group with a shared ethos and a history and culture of collaboration and collaborative development that has grown and evolved over the last 10+ years and continues to do so. This work has been key in the development of:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Subject specialism
  • Curriculum principles
  • Excellent classroom practice
  • Outstanding practice for all pupils
  • Enriched opportunities for learners
  • Culture of support and challenge
  • The sharing of best practice and resources

Our schools are all committed to taking full advantage of the opportunities that working in a collaborative multi academy trust presents, extending the capacity, sustainability and ability of the group to deliver an extraordinary education, experiences and outcomes for all young people.

A little bit more about us

Welcome to ELAN

To join ELAN is to join a community of extraordinary teachers, classroom assistants, administrators, leaders and support workers across our schools. We put professional development at the centre of our work, offering a programme of ongoing training, mentoring and support for all staff as well as a range of benefits and generous pension suited to you. The staff in our schools and our central team drive improvement day-to-day. Our people want to make a real difference in the lives of the children they work with and are committed to their own continuing professional development.

There is not one school or trust in the country that does not want to do the best for its pupils. Our determination to be child-centred, to have high expectations and aspirations for our pupils and to provide the best teaching and learning experiences is not unique to ELAN.

So, what makes our education extraordinary? Fundamentally, it is not what we do but how we do it: we do the right thing - together. Everything we say and do is led by our core values. This creates the perfect culture/environment for every unique child to be the best they can be, every day.

We believe that involving, developing, valuing and supporting our staff encourages a sense of belonging to our organisation. We always strive to ensure every school within our trust develops its uniqueness whilst ensuring that they are strongly part of the whole. This provides staff with a sense of belonging both at school and trust level.

Help us; to educate, inspire and change young lives and develop inquiring minds. Get in touch with us today.

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Extend Learning Academies Network (ELAN)

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ELAN are a thriving multi-academy trust, serving a range of communities in and around Weston-super-Mare. Our schools are all unique, but are united by a passionate belief in the transformative power of education and a set of shared values - working together to embrace individuality and always do the right thing. 

Our journey began in October 2017 with five founding schools. We were quickly joined by three more with our ninth joining us in February 2023; in addition to our preschools and specialist hubs.

Helped by our tight geographical connection, we understand our community and demographic very well. We are able to meet weekly as an advisory group of headteachers and central leads to work together and make decisions, rather than working in isolation. This creates more opportunities for our pupils and staff and greatly supports the drive for continuous school improvement. 

Our specialist and subject networks are able to meet in person to develop and maintain best practice. Our professional development, research and innovation brings the best thinking and drives evidence-based practice and school improvement to the trust.  

Living and working here

A popular, Victorian seaside town with miles of golden sand, not far from the M5, Weston-super-Mare is the gateway to the south-west of England and very well situated to access Wales and the north and south-east of the UK.​

​In spite of its qualities and growing popularity, North Somerset is a cost-effective location to live. Housing options in North Somerset range from idyllic detached mansions in Abbots Leigh to terraced Victorian and Edwardian town houses in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon, with smart new waterside apartments in Portishead. North Somerset has a diverse range of vibrant market and coastal towns offering something for everyone. ​

​There’s a huge variety of events throughout the year, from fun runs, half marathons and motorcycle beach races to music, arts and food festivals and agricultural shows.​

North Somerset has over 24 miles of attractive coastline and charming countryside including parts of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Avon and the Somerset Levels and Moors. There are plenty of opportunities for experiencing outdoor activities including sailing, kite surfing, climbing, pot-holing, off road cycling and mountain biking, golf, fishing, swimming and lots of scenic walking routes. ​

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Talent Pool

Join Our Talent Pool

We are always looking to find the best talent in education to join us; creative, innovative people who share our vision and values.

We employ individuals who want to make a real difference to the lives of the children they work with and who are committed to their own continuing professional development. We're seeking people who are outstanding teachers, classroom assistants, administrators, leaders and support workers across our schools.

The staff in our schools drive improvement day-to-day, that's why we invest in both staff wellbeing and career opportunities.

If we do not currently have an open opportunity to suit you, but you share our vision and values and can bring the talent and experience we’re looking for, please complete the simple Talent Pool form.

Please state what kind of role you are looking for so that we can send you job details as they arise.


Employee benefits and wellbeing

We have a fantastic benefits package including Occupational Sick Pay, (Increasing in line with length of service), Occupational Maternity Pay, Support Staff Long Term Service Rewards, Cycle Scheme, Child Care Vouchers, Occupational Health Care, Internal Welfare Helpline, access to training via The Beach. We also offer an excellent wellbeing and medical package which includes Counselling, Weight Management, Nurse Support Service, Health Screening Days, Stress Awareness Sessions and Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, GP Phone & Video Consultations, Cancer & Chronic Illness Support and Private Medical Operations. As part of the ELAN team, you get many extra perks to support you both in and out of work.

  • All staff are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme or Teachers Pension Scheme. Both are excellent pensions and the employer contributions are extremely generous compared to other employers.
  • We choose to give enhanced holiday entitlements. The annual leave offered to support staff is above the statutory entitlements. For teachers, annual leave is combined within their contracts.
  • Long service is recognised for support staff and additional holiday rewards are given to staff achieving 5 years and 10 years continual service.
  • We offer a competitive salary and all staff receive an annual pay award. Support staff also increment each year until they reach the top of their salary banding and teacher’s progression is linked to their annual appraisal.
  • Staff can nominate a colleague to recognise their contributions and they will receive a gold star certificate for this. Gold star badges are also awarded to individuals who go above and beyond.
  • Flexible working is considered for all staff who meet the qualifying criteria and many of our staff work flexible patterns to support their personal circumstances and family commitments​​​​​​​.
  • We offer enhanced occupational pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave to all staff with more than one year’s continuous service.
  • Employees who are already in the childcare voucher scheme with our trust, can purchase tax free childcare vouchers that can be used for registered childcare providers. This includes breakfast and after school clubs. Vouchers are purchased with gross pay, so no tax is payable on the vouchers meaning a saving is made by the employee.
  • We provide generous occupational sick pay to all staff which increases in line with length of service up to the maximum entitlement.
  • We work with an occupational health provider to ensure that staff are safe and well in the workplace and offer support to staff who are on long term sickness in returning to work.
  • We have a comprehensive wellness programme and medical services which are available to all of our staff. These include; counselling, physiotherapy, cancer & nurse support, 24 hour GP helpline, medical operations helpline, weight management, stress awareness, health screening days and menopause support.
  • We are committed to continuous development of all of our staff and run regular training programmes for our staff to attend which offers support and delivers professional development opportunities for all.
  • Work in different locations across the trust to gain wider knowledge, experience and understanding as well have the opportunity for you to progress within your career. We also support upskilling current employees through the apprenticeship programme.
  • We employ educational specialists within our MAT, this enables staff to share best practice as well as develop their own skills and abilities. It also provides, staff with various professionals who they can contact and liaise with for support and advice
  • Regular staff surveys are sent out electronically to all staff in order to obtain their feedback on a variety of topics. Staff views are given consideration and actions are put into place to make any identified improvements.
  • The trust maintains a positive relationship with recognised Trade Union Representatives who negotiate on behalf of the staff.
  • We are continuously developing new and unique ways for individuals and schools across our organisation to work together collaboratively. This not only enables staff to share best practice and develop their own skills, it also provides staff with various professionals to contact and liaise with for support and advice.
  • Various working groups are developed from a cross selection of staff within our organisation and meet several times a year, the purpose is to keep up to date with relevant information and how as an organisation we can progress forward.
  • We offer a cycle to work scheme, where staff can purchase a bike and cycling equipment under a high purchase agreement.Repayments come out of gross pay, so a saving is made as tax isn’t paid on the repayments.