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Benefits

Alongside our pupils, our staff are our greatest asset. We recognise that our success, and that of every pupil, is inextricably linked to our ability to attract, recruit, develop, retain and care for our staff. Whilst we demand absolute commitment to our moral purpose, mission and staff principles; the Mercia Pledge is our commitment to all staff.

Teaching staff can expect:

  1. An outstanding primary and secondary Initial Teacher Training offer through the Mercia Learning Alliance.
  2. High-quality NQT and RQT induction and support.
  3. Effective annual appraisal and career conversations.
  4. Support to improve via targeted CPD and movement through a formal CPD career development pathway.
  5. To be included in strategic succession planning to develop and retain them.
  6. A commitment to reduce staff workload and increase staff well-being.

Support staff can expect:

  1. High-quality induction into a new role.
  2. Effective annual appraisal and career conversations.
  3. Support to improve via targeted CPD.
  4. To be included in strategic succession planning to develop and retain them.
  5. A commitment to reduce staff workload and increase staff well-being.

Tangible Benefits

Annual Trust Conference

Annual Conference

At Mercia Learning Trust, we understand the value of gathering all staff from across the Trust together on an annual basis. In 2019, our annual conference was born, hosted at the wonderful Crucible theatre, with Tom Sherrington as keynote speaker. In February 2020, we built on the success of the first conference, this time fe

 

Career Development & CPD

Career Development

Staff appraisal and CPD sit at the heart of our strategy to constantly support and develop our staff. The Trust provides numerous opportunities for staff to access outstanding CPD (e.g. via the Annual Conference), observe great practice, work with and learn from other colleagues, deliver training to others and develop trust-wide

 

Wellbeing Support from Champion Health

All staff at Mercia Learning Trust have access to personally-tailored wellbeing support through Champion Health. Find out more about this fantastic offer here.

Pension

SYPA (Support Staff)

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees working in local government or working for other employers participating in the scheme. The key features of the scheme include:

  • A secure pension
  • Flexibility to pay more or less contributions
  • Tax efficient now and in the future
  • Peace of mind
  • Freedom to choose when to take your pension
  • Redundancy and efficiency retirement
  • Flexible retirement

Teachers’ pensions

  • It provides you with an income for your retirement, and you can even take part of your pension as a tax-free lump sum when you retire.
  • You and your employer both pay contributions towards the cost of your pension. It’s a great way to save for your future and also pay a little less tax every month, as you’re taxed on your salary after your pension contribution has been taken.
  • Your pension benefits are for you and your loved ones. It doesn’t belong to your employer, and it doesn’t belong to the government.
  • As long as you’re in eligible employment you can continue building up your pension, wherever you go throughout your teaching career.
  • You can check on the benefits you’re building up with your online Benefit Statement.
  • The Teachers’ Pension Scheme is a Defined Benefit Scheme based on your annual pensionable earnings, re-valued each year, rather than a scheme reliant on how investments perform, so you can see the pension benefits you’ve built up and how much pension you’ll receive at your normal retirement date.
  • You’ll join the Career Average arrangement and accrue benefits each year based on 1/57th of your annual pensionable earnings. This is added to your ‘pot’ and we then revalue the total ‘pot’ each year to keep it up to date with increases in prices. As long as you’re active in the Scheme we’ll add on an extra 1.6% too.

Cycle to Work Scheme

All staff are entitled to the benefits of the government's Cycle to Work Scheme.

The scheme is supported by the UK Government to promote cycling and enables employees to make big savings on the retail cost of cycles and equipment.

The Cycle to Work scheme is a hire scheme, with the cost of the bike and equipment being taken from your monthly salary before National Insurance and

Income Tax contributions are deducted.

For further details click here http://www.cyclesolutions.co.uk/mercia

Westfield Health

We offer our employees the opportunity to sign up for the Westfield Advantage health scheme and have deductions made via their salaries at a reduced rate when compared to paying Westfield direct. Details of what is covered by Westfield Health can be found on their website https://www.westfieldhealth.com/

In-house Payroll

Our in house payroll uses a secure cloud based software with an employee Portal and App.

Employees can complete time sheets, view payslips and P60s, and, update their personal details, all through their phone or computer.

No paper, no fuss, no problem.

Annual Flu Jab

All Mercia Learning Trust employees are offered a free annual flu jab.

Occupational Health

All Mercia Learning Trust employees are entitled to occupational health assistance when they need it.

Staff Voice

Mercia Learning Trust staff give testimonials about working for the trust and schools.   Teaching Staff