Why work for the Institute for Teaching?

The Institute for Teaching has a single purpose – to help teachers to keep getting better.

This might sound simple but it’s far from it. The scale and complexity of the task means that we have to recruit talented individuals and make our organisation a place where they can do their life’s best work.

We know that more talented individuals will join us and thrive in their roles if we create the right culture. This culture is underpinned by consistently working together in a widely understood and clearly articulated way. We call this articulation ‘our values’ because it’s the list of behaviours we value most.

These values aren’t vague or painted onto a wall and ignored. The more these values sound like you and the people you want to work with, the more you’ll thrive at the Institute for Teaching.

Our Values


  • Be known for your humility, courtesy and candour
  • Be mindful that those around you are people as well as colleagues
  • Make the Institute for Teaching a fun place to work


  • Challenge prevailing assumptions when warranted and suggest better approaches
  • Make decisions in the interests of pupils and teachers
  • Question actions inconsistent with our values


  • Learn rapidly and eagerly, iterating as you go
  • Skilfully ask for, give, receive and use feedback


  • Accomplish lots of high quality work
  • Know what you are and are not trying to do
  • Attend to the details


  • Make time to help your colleagues
  • Look outwards – particularly to great classrooms
  • Respect the perspectives of others regardless of their status or disagreement with you

Employee Benefits

Employees of the Institute for Teaching are eligible for a number of benefits, including:

  • Flexible working
  • An 11% pension employer contribution
  • Annual Leave: 27 days per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Dedicated funding for, and commitment to, employee training and development
  • Additional benefits package including season ticket loan scheme, cycle to work scheme and discounts at a number of online and high street retailers

Employee Perspectives


"This is a place where we think incredibly carefully about every aspect of our work, to ensure that we make the best possible decisions. At the same time, we want to help teachers take tangible steps that improve pupil outcomes in the short, medium and long-term."

Katie McHugh

Course Design Manager

"This is a team that is rooted in classrooms and tries to learn from the best schools and systems. It’s also a team that can have meaningful conversations about the hard problems of teaching without worrying about disagreement."

Kyle Bailey

Fellow, Masters in Expert Teaching

"This is a team of people who respect and work with each other as people as well as colleagues. We don't insist on people working from an office, there's no rigid hierarchy, there's lots of flexibility and plenty of opportunities to have a laugh."

Petra Swais

Personal Assistant

Please note the Institute for Teaching is currently incubated by the multi-academy trust Ark, and your employment contract will therefore be with Ark Schools.

Due to the nature of our work, all posts at the Institute for Teaching are subject to an enhanced police check of previous criminal convictions with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).