Creating the perfect recruitment journey at Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) is a close network of nursery, primary, secondary, and alternative provision schools located throughout the South-East and South-West of England. United in a common goal of transforming the life chances of young people across the South and East of England.

Multi-academy trusts can provide professional development and evidence-based curriculum support for already great teachers, freeing them to focus on what they do best – inspire young minds.

With around 1300 employees across the family of schools, the Thinking Schools Academy Trust Recruitment Team aimed to attract the best talent and deliver a seamless candidate experience.

School Academy Trust Philosophy:

School Academy Trusts are education charities set up purely to run and improve schools. The Department for Education encourages every school in the country to be part of a family of schools in a strong multi-academy trust.

  1. Greater freedoms compared to local authority control
  2. Power to decide on the best curriculum
  3. Power to determine budget spend
  4. Working in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for pupils
  5. Sharing staff, knowledge and accountability

The Recruitment Challenges & Aims

Thinking Schools Academy Trust were searching for an outstanding recruitment solution to fulfill the following requirements:

  • • To drive consistency across all Academies by implementing automated recruitment processes with the ability to measure all aspects of recruitment using dashboards and analytics.

• Enhance the candidate experience with flexible online application processes and allow candidates to complete onboarding online.

• Reduce administration with automated processes that underpin the candidate experience and enable candidates to be kept informed throughout the process.

  • • Automate smartly to support a collaborative approach and instil control for those who want a simple-to-use system with powerful recruitment analytics.

  • • To remain competitive in the market.

  • To address these recruitment challenges, the team sought an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that provides flexibility in making changes, configured specifically to the education sector’s needs.
  • To read the full case study download the PDF here.​​
Find out more about the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, its careers and what it's like to work for them here.  

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