Working at The Hurlingham Academy

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Our pledge, to all our academy teachers, is that by working for us you will benefit from more pay, more time, and more support...

More pay...

more time...

and more support

  • We pay an average of 5% above national scales – the best rates of pay in the sector
  • Cash towards medical treatment
  • Generous staff discount scheme
  • Three extra INSET days for planning
  • At least one personal day a year


  • Great training for your career
  • Exceptional curriculum resources
  • Expert subject advice
  • Support for your wellbeing

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Trainee Teacher Starting September 2024

Are you ready to take the next step in your career?
United Teaching is the initial teacher training scheme for United Learning, a national group of over 90 schools across England.
With us, you can achieve your PGCE and QTS with extensive support from professional mentors, tutors and subject specialists – in a location that suits you. At United Teaching, we don’t just train you to teach – we invest in your potential as a future educational leader, supporting you every step of the way.

Apply today and discover how you can make a difference.

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As part of United Learning and an academy since January 2015, The Hurlingham Academy is being transformed into a centre of educational excellence. With calm and friendly classrooms, staff and students have the perfect environment to do what they do best: teach and learn.

Located just south of Parsons Green in the west London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the small 11-16 school is the kind of place where you can make a huge impact at every level and in every role, whilst being able to enjoy the benefits of a central London location.

Having undergone some radical changes in terms of approach and leadership, with the support of Dame Sally Coates and United Learning, the school is embedding permanent improvement at a rapid rate. As part of a cluster of United Learning schools in London and the Southeast – which includes Paddington Academy and Lambeth Academy – we benefit from excellent partnerships and shared working.

We are fiercely proud of the fact that when people come to visit the school, they are struck by the exemplary behaviour of the students and the enthusiasm of staff and students alike. The positive atmosphere and excellent relationships between staff and students mean that visitors regularly comment on how happy and welcoming everyone at the academy is.

Leon Wilson


I believe that The Hurlingham Academy is on its way to greatness. I am looking forward to my GCSE exam results as I am confident that I will achieve the best grades possible for me with the help provided by the academy.


I have learned so much working at The Hurlingham Academy. All the staff here are really keen to help each other develop and share good practice. I have been given excellent CPD opportunities, both in-house, through great teaching and learning sessions, and through United Learning. The senior leaders help you nurture your professional interests. What makes this Academy really special is the students; I enjoy teaching every lesson.
Miss Mowbray, Head of History

Core Benefits

  • A contributory pension scheme, relevant to your role (including access to Teacher and Local Government Schemes);
  • Occupational sick pay;
  • Tailored Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through the United Learning Institute.

Flexible Benefits

  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Dining card
  • Gym membership
  • Health screening
  • Retail savings

By joining The Hurlingham Academy you will also become part of United Learning - a unique group of independent and state schools working together to bring out the best in everyone. Our vision is to provide excellent education, which prepares young people to progress in learning and to make a success of their lives. United Learning focuses sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, apply that to classroom practice, allowing schools to continue to learn and develop. It is a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience.

The approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere.

The development programmes offer access to tailor-made training no matter your career stage, alongside unrivalled opportunities for your career development across both the maintained and independent sectors. The Performance and Development Reviews (PDR) encompass personal aspiration, impact on pupil achievement and identification of continuous professional development and training that is right for you and your future. For more information please visit our dedicated careers site.




Welcome to United Teaching

If you’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and young people and are looking for a rewarding career that can transform both their futures and yours, you're in the right place. United Teaching offers a school-centred initial teacher training programme designed to immerse you in the school environment from day one, preparing you to become an outstanding teacher. We prioritise well-being and integrate it seamlessly into our training programme.

Who we are

United Teaching is an Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ teacher training programme with a strong presence in schools across England. Part of the United Learning group, our teacher training programme extends to over 100 primary, secondary, and independent schools. Over the past decade, United Teaching has played a pivotal role in nurturing exceptional teachers, empowering them to lead, inspire, and drive meaningful change in the classroom, ultimately bringing out the best in everyone.

Our focus at United Teaching is to provide excellent professional support and development for our trainee teachers. You will qualify as a teacher with a QTS in 12 months, completing your training with the skills and confidence to manage your classroom, lead your students, and promote pupil progress.

Routes into teaching

You can choose to train for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on its own or pursue an additional PGCE, which grants you 60 master's level credits. We offer flexible funding options, including salaried routes and self-funded routes to meet your individual needs. The optional PGCE is offered by our university partner.

Teach from day one

As a United Teaching trainee, you'll spend most of the year in a placement school, allowing you to build strong relationships with students and colleagues as you work toward your teaching qualification. You will teach from day one and spend most of your working week as a member of the teaching staff in your placement school. In addition to your primary  placement, you'll spend at least three weeks in a second school, exposing you to diverse teaching environments and broadening your perspective.

What we offer

Throughout your journey with us, your main placement  school will provide comprehensive support. It begins with an eight-day summer institute in July, offering key insights into teaching, learning, behaviour management, safeguarding, and curriculum planning.

Two induction days surrounding the summer institute provide opportunities to observe lessons, interact with students, and connect with colleagues. Your training year unfolds in your main placement  school, with dedicated training sessions every Friday afternoon.

Weekly observations, meetings, and termly reviews will guide your progress, culminating in assessment against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the academic year . If you opt for the PGCE, you'll complete two master’s level assignments, assessed by our university partner. 

Your career journey

Many of our trainees continue to make an impact within and beyond United Learning  schools. At the end of the academic year, over 65% of our trainees are offered a full-time job in their main placement school. You will have access to job opportunities within our network. Our bespoke career consulting will equip you with the necessary continuous professional development to achieve your career goals, whether as a department leader, pastoral head or SLT.

Why train to teach at United Teaching?

Expertly designed curriculum - Our teacher training curriculum is deeply rooted in educational research. Our training programme will equip you with the skills needed in the classroom to deliver outstanding lessons.

Local placements - We aim to place you in your preferred school, subject to availability. With over 100 schools across the country, a United Teaching school is never too far.

Competitive salaries - Teachers in United Learning schools earn up to 5% higher than the main teacher pay scale. Salaries across the network vary based on location.

Personalised support - Every United Teaching teacher trainee is supported by a subject lead and a lead mentor. Additionally, a school-based subject mentor and a professional mentor will guide you through lesson planning, lesson observations, behaviour strategies and career guidance.

Opportunities for career progression - As part of our strong network of schools , you will have access to career advancement opportunities. Many of our trainees move into middle leadership positions within a few years of qualification.

Leadership development - Our programme places a strong emphasis on leadership development, ensuring you're equipped not only to teach effectively but also to lead and make a lasting impact on the education community.

Start your teaching journey, and train to teach with United Teaching.

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