Why work with us?

LWF offer: 

  • Staff wellbeing programmes
  • A commitment to reducing workload
  • Coaching and Mentoring programmes
  • Leadership Development programmes
  • Strong ethos of professional development 
  • Supportive, innovative and highly motivated staff team, governors and Trust (LWCT)
  • Values driven organisation 


Would you like to work within an innovative and continually developing organisation?
Come and work with Lincolnshire Wolds Federation
See all opportunities below or click here for current vacancies

Teacher training is available at LWF in conjunction with St Francis Special School, a School Direct Scheme Lead School.

Are you a good graduate?

Do you have at least three years’ work experience?

Then earn a salary while you train. The new School Direct Scheme allows you to apply to train with specific school associations which may potentially have a job for you should you be successful. The majority of the training will take place within LWF under the auspices of the Lincolnshire ITT Alliance (formally East Lincs GTP). Training places are available across the primary department.  Applications are now open and you can apply for any of these places through the central application system on the Teaching Agency website. For further information visit: 

School Direct Training Programme - Bishop Grosseteste University

or contact either of our schools direct, email:  or 

Is this the right career path for you?

Please find below quotes from candidates who have undertaken ITT with LWF:

During my ITT training within LWF I was supported throughout by the entire teaching and learning team and looked upon as a valued member of staff. I was able to learn through observing and working alongside outstanding practitioners and  grow my knowledge base, strategies and confidence allowing me to become the teacher I am today. The weekly meetings with my mentor were solution focused around areas for development. Targets were discussed and devised as a partnership allowing me to be honest about the direction I felt my training needed to go, supporting my development both as a teacher and personally. The impact of this supportive training environment has allowed me to become a confident and competent teacher and the sense of satisfaction from working alongside and guiding young people to achieve their potential is immeasurable.

When given the ITT position within the Lincolnshire Wolds Federation, I was given the opportunity to become a reflective and creative practitioner. Despite having no previous experience in a school except from within my Undergraduate degree, I always felt supported by my in school mentor and Head of school. I was consistently supported to develop my existing skills through the federations CPD and my personal training opportunities. Throughout my training year I trained within St Lawrence and Welton as my second school placement, two fantastic schools with high standards of teaching and learning. LWF taught me how to be a reflective practitioner, and to continually achieve good and outstanding teaching. I was given the opportunity to continually develop my practice, with the support of my mentor, the head of school, and the other staff amongst the school and wider federation. I was able to achieve Outstanding in my QTS. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to undertake my ITT year within the Federation.

Daisy Bullock

If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship at LWF 

We are committed to promoting education opportunities for all staff members.

As part of our pledge we have a longstanding Apprenticeship Scheme for Learning Support Assistants. This provides Apprentices with personalised in house training from specialist teaching staff. It is an opportunity for Apprentices to experience “real work” in a structured and supportive environment.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will be allocated to a specific class within LWF at either St Lawrence in Horncastle or St Bernard’s in Louth, based on your experiences, interests and aspirations.
  • You will complete a highly recognised Level 2 qualification, which will provide you with a Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
  • You will be allocated an Assessor from the apprenticeship provider who will meet with you at school, talk to your class team, school leaders, to support in planning your learning and assessment.
  • You will be allocated a Mentor in school who will meet with you on a regular basis to ensure that you are progressing well and achieving.
  • You will attend and receive in-house training in many aspects of education, SEND, to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge.
  • You will take part in the school performance monitoring process ensuring that your personal development and training needs are being met.

Is this the right career path for you?

Please find below quotes from candidates who have undertaken apprenticeships with LWF:

I have worked at the school for 7 years within a variety of roles. I began as an apprentice teaching assistant at 17. This gave me a fantastic opportunity to discover what it was like working within an SEN setting, I was able to learn on the job with a supportive staffing team around me and develop my skillset alongside making decisions on my future career path. LWF then gave me the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant at St Lawrence whilst I worked on my foundation degree and my BA (hons) Professional studies in education. I then took on a role as Higher Level Teaching Assistant which further made me want to become a teacher.

I then applied for a Schools Direct training programme within the Federation which allowed me to continue my training, learning within a school that had put a lot of time into my development and career. The teacher training programme has been a great experience and has helped me develop my skills further, with a supportive team around me, in a school where I feel comfortable to challenge myself and to develop.

Matt Maidens

Within LWF I have been on my own lifelong learning journey and have been provided with opportunities to develop as a practitioner. 

I completed my NVQ level 2 and 3 in learning support whilst working as an apprentice within the setting.  The apprenticeship route gave me ‘hands on’ practical experience of the role which went alongside and supported the NVQ work I was completing.  This was valuable experience as it enabled me to see and learn about the daily running of a school, what teaching and learning looks like within a school and how other agencies support the pupils with whom I work. It allowed me to see practices in action too such as following policies and procedures. As well as the apprenticeship route supporting the development of my knowledge, it also developed my confidence too

I was appointed a mentor who also had the same role as myself, a learning support assistant, with whom I was able to work closely with. This provide me with the opportunities to learn new skills from my mentor.  Staff with whom I worked, the class teacher and my mentor, scaffold my learning too.  I began by supporting experienced staff leading learning activities, and then progressed to leading one to one groups and then small group activities too. 

Leanne Firth

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