Working in Essex

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Essex operates a two-tier system. We have a mixture of community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided and foundation schools, free schools and academies. There are a small number of grammar schools which operate as selective schools using an 11+ test.

Here’s why working in the Essex schools system makes sense.

High standards

Like every county, we have schools with varying levels of attainment and contrasting league table positions. One thing can be guaranteed – on a county wide level, standards and expectations are high.

Supportive local authorities

Essex County Council plays an active role in supporting schools, sharing good practice and co-ordinating resources and activities.


There is a very strong focus on Continuing Professional Development. Every employee has access to a wide range of courses and learning opportunities.

Schools of all sizes and kinds

From small village primaries to large urban comprehensives, there’s a huge diversity of schools serving very different communities with different levels of prosperity.

Career options

There are over 350 maintained schools in the county, so there are always new career opportunities without having to go too far afield.

Leadership Career Support

If you’re keen to progress into senior roles, you can access a range of guidance and support to prepare you for the step up to leadership and Headteacher/Principal roles.


Play a part in the community

In Essex we want schools to be a valued and active part of their local communities – in Essex you are respected and valued for the role you play in young people’s lives.