We value our staff and believe well qualified, motivated individuals are vital to the success of our academies. By working for one of our academies or the trust’s central teams, you will be joining us in our aim to make long lasting improvements to the educational achievement of children in Sussex.

We believe top-quality training, continuing development and career opportunities for staff lead to the best teaching and learning for our pupils.

Our career pathway supports colleagues at all levels in their career development and facilitates succession planning and talent-spotting across the trust.

Continuing professional development

We believe employees should have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. We recognise the importance of training and development and ensure that our employees are continually strengthening their skill sets and developing as individuals.

The trust has a strong record of supporting and developing teachers who start their careers with us, including Newly Qualified Teachers, Teach First and School Direct participants, as well as student teachers from the University of Brighton and other initial teacher training providers.

Trainee teachers also benefit from networking opportunities with colleagues based at our other academies. When your training is complete, our continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities will help you sharpen your skills and learn new ones as your teaching career develops.

The Trust is a Disability Confident Committed employer

The Trust has signed up to Disability Confident, a government scheme to support equality and diversity in our staff recruitment practices.

Disability Confident is a voluntary scheme, which has been developed in partnership with disabled people’s representatives. It supports employers to recruit and retain people with disabilities and health conditions as they progress in their careers. It seeks to challenge misconceptions towards disability and employment, while also increasing understanding and awareness of mental and physical disabilities.

Under the Equality Act (2010), disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

As a Disability Confident Committed employer we:

  • sign-up to the Disability Confident commitments
  • undertake an activity to make a difference for people with disabilities
  • offer our assurance that applicants with disabilities, who meet the minimum criteria for a post, will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at interview.

It is the intention of the Trust to move to level 2 of the scheme – Disability Confident Employer – by the end of 2018.

Employee benefits

We offer a wide range of exciting and useful employee benefits to all our employees, including: flexible working to maintain a healthy work-life balance, competitive annual leave entitlement, maternity and paternity leave, and discounts and offers with popular retailers.

We believe in the power of motivated and happy teachers and staff, which is why we seek to enrich and reward our employees wherever we can.

My Academy Rewards

My Academy Rewards - our employee discount programme - gives all employees great savings at hundreds of retailers. Staff can access discounted and instant vouchers as well as cashback offers.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme is a welfare initiative available to all our staff to give counselling, information, signposting and support. We care about our employees and their wellbeing and understand that everybody encounters situations or difficulties at some point in their life, and can benefit from independent help and support.

Childcare vouchers

Childcare vouchers are a cost-saving employee benefit for working parents and carers. Childcare Vouchers work through a salary sacrifice scheme which means no tax or national insurance is applied. Employees swap part of their salary to contribute towards their childcare costs.

Pension schemes (LGPS and Teachers’ Pensions)

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and Teachers’ Pensions scheme provides benefits for employees and their families both now and in retirement. The scheme provides employees with a secure future income at a low cost, with a large percentage contributed by the trust.

Vertical Partnership with Sussex Coast College Hastings

The trust works in partnership with Sussex Coast College Hastings to provide opportunities for personal and professional development for teachers and staff based in our academies in Hastings and St Leonards.

We have made a commitment to a shared responsibility for providing high-quality education and improving life chances for pupils in the local community. As part of this partnership, there is a range of opportunities available to our employees who teach secondary and post-16 education. The diverse nature of pupils, the variety of subjects to teach and the different challenges mean you too will be constantly learning and developing. It is a very exciting and rewarding area of education, so whether you are looking to teach Key Stage 3, 4 or 5 we can offer you the opportunity to work in a supporting and cohesive environment where staff are valued and engaged.