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The staff in our schools and our central team drive improvement day-to-day. We're looking for people who want to make a real difference to the lives of the children they work with and  who are committed to their own continuing professional development. We're looking for people who want to be outstanding teachers, classroom assistants, administrators, leaders and support workers across our schools. That's why we invest in both your wellbeing and your career.

 

Pension schemes

All staff are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme or Teachers Pension Scheme. Both are excellent pensions and the employer contributions are extremely generous compared to other employers.

 

 

Holiday entitlement 

We choose to give enhanced holiday entitlements. The annual leave offered to support staff is above the statutory entitlements. For teachers, annual leave is combined within their contracts.

 

 

 

Long service

Long service is recognised for support staff and additional holiday rewards are given to staff achieving 5 years and 10 years continual service.

 

 

Annual pay awards

We offer a competitive salary and all staff receive an annual pay award. Support staff also increment each year until they reach the top of their salary banding and teacher’s progression is linked to their annual appraisal.

 

 

Gold star awards

Staff can nominate a colleague to recognise their contributions and they will receive a gold star certificate for this. Gold star badges are also awarded to individuals who go above and beyond. These are also published in the staff bulletin.

 

 

Flexible working and family friendly policies

Flexible working is considered for all staff who meet the qualifying criteria and many of our staff work flexible patterns to support their personal circumstances and family commitments.

 

 

 

Maternity, adoption and shared parental leave

We offer enhanced occupational pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave to all staff with more than one year’s continuous service.

 

 

 

Childcare vouchers

Employees who are in the voucher scheme can purchase tax free childcare vouchers that can be used for registered childcare providers inc. breakfast and after school clubs. 

 

 

 

Occupational sick pay

We provide generous occupational sick pay to all staff which increases in line with length of service up to the maximum entitlement.

 

 

 

Occupational health

We work with an occupational health provider to ensure that staff are safe and well in the workplace and offer support to staff who are on long term sickness in returning to work.

 

 

Employee Assistance Programme

A comprehensive programme and services available all of staff inc. counselling, physiotherapy, cancer & nurse support, 24 hour GP helpline, medical operations helpline, weight management, stress awareness, health screening days and menopause support.

 

Confidential internal wellbeing helpline

We provide an internal phone line which staff can call if they want a confidential chat or listening ear. 

 

 

 

 

The Beach

We are committed to continuous development of all of our staff and run training for our staff to attend and professional development opportunities for all. 

 

Career progression opportunities

Work in different locations across the trust to gain wider knowledge, experience and understanding as well have the opportunity for you to progress within your career.

We also support upskilling current employees through the apprenticeship programme.

 

Education support specialists

We employ educational specialists within our MAT, this enables staff to share best practice as well as develop their own skills and abilities. It also provides, staff with various professionals who they can contact and liaise with for support and advice

 

Staff surveys

Regular staff surveys are sent out electronically to all staff in order to obtain their feedback on a variety of topics. Staff views are given consideration and actions are put into place to make any identified improvements.

 

 

Trade Union consultation 

The trust maintains a positive relationship with recognised Trade Union Representatives who negotiate on behalf of the staff.

 

 

 

Working together

We continuously develop new and unique ways for individuals and schools across our organisation to work together. This enables staff to share best practice and develop skills and provides staff with professionals to contact and liaise with for support and advice.

 

 

Working groups

Various working groups are developed from a cross selection of staff within our organisation and meet several times a year, the purpose is to keep up to date with relevant information and how as an organisation we can progress forward.

 

 

Discounts for Teachers

This site offers a wide variety of discounts for all staff who work within our trust. From money off fashion and beauty through to deals on homeware, mobile phones, broadband and utilities.

 

 

 

Benefits choice

Staff can purchase discounted gift cards for major retailers to help save money when making purchases or buying as gifts.

 

 

 

 

Cycle to Work Scheme

We offer a cycle to work scheme, where staff can purchase a bike and cycling equipment under a high purchase agreement. Repayments come out of gross pay, so a saving is made as tax isn’t paid on the repayments.

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