Working at the Northern Schools Trust is not run of the mill.
As a small multi academy trust with a focus on providing exceptional opportunities for students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds, we expect a lot from our teams.
In return we invest heavily in our people.
We are committed to your professional development. We encourage self-improvement through a challenging working and learning environment. We offer two cross trust CPD conferences per year bringing together education experts with a whole staff team to ensure extensive opportunities to learn from best practice and collaboration.
We are equally committed to your well-being. We offer an extensive well-being programme with opportunities at each CPD to invest in your own health and well-being. We appreciate the importance of recognising individual needs and supporting work-life balance. New rewards and benefits schemes are constantly devised to meet the needs of our staff teams.
We bring the best of the public and private sector together to ensure our staff has the opportunities they need to be the most desirable staff in the sector. We work hard to turn ideas, cross sector innovation and research into a life changing education experience.
We believe in your potential and will work to develop you beyond what you thought possible, no matter your current experience level. You will often find NQTs on functional teams working cross trust with SLT from other schools. Working here means having the freedom to think big, to build projects and work together to make the impossible a reality. We believe that a solid commitment to the basics combined with good organisation allows our staff to be truly creative.
Our staff progress rapidly. Many staff move on to senior positions in other successful schools, however our preference is to grow our own and we run solid cross trust programmes for NQTs and those crossing the UPS threshold to ensure our very best people stay within our organisations. We have an extensive programme of talent management, working opportunities across our schools to ensure you have the experience you need to have the career you want.
When you work in a Northern Schools Trust school, you don’t work alone. We collaborate and create partnerships with the best schools, universities and businesses both locally and nationally.
We recognise that the most important thing within our organisation is our people and dedicate the resource needed to reflect this.
If this is the type of career you would like, contact us to visit our schools and find out more.
Living and working in the North West
We believe that the North West of England has a lot to offer, including:
· Low house prices
· Low crime rates
· Good transport connections
· Good local schools at primary and secondary level
· Centre for research and innovation for health, including a new hospital in 2018
· Four local universities
· One of the best local retail high streets
· Incredible independent retail and hospitality
· Exceptional cultural experiences – free museums, range of theatres and music venues
· Diverse range of ethnic and religious groups
· Two national football teams
· Regularly listed as one of the coolest places to live and visit in the UK
You can read more about the local area in a number of blogs and newspaper articles
Return to Teaching
If you’re considering returning to teaching, the transition may be much easier than you think. Whether you left to bring up a family or explore a different career, there’s plenty of support available to help you become one of the thousands of teachers who come back to the profession each year. Contact our HR team through the contact us page to talk about how we could support you to continue your career.
Working for a Multi Academy Trust FAQs
I’m currently working in a Local Authority school. Why would I want to work for a Trust?
In our view, moving to a small Academy Trust has a number of advantages. Working for a trust, like the Northern Schools Trust allows you to benefit from working in a collaborative environment with colleagues from our other Academies.
As a member of the team you would also benefit from more opportunities for professional development and promotion as we encourage movement between our schools to give you broader work experience.
The increased flexibility we have as a group of academies means that our Principals can direct funding in a way that best meets the needs of the students. This has helped us to do some incredibly interesting things, including opening industry focused schools.
Will working for an Academy will affect my terms and conditions and pension?
Like most Academies we have made a decision to pay our Teachers in line with the Standard Pay & Conditions Document and award increases in line with national levels.
Most of our terms and conditions relating to absence and leave are in line with national standards.
With regard to pensions, your pension is exactly the same with the Trust as it would be with a Local Authority.
What is the ultimate goal for the academies in the Trust?
Our overall goal is that all of our academies are rated as ‘outstanding.’ Four out of five of our academies are rated as good. We are working hard to continue the journey to outstanding. We also have a track record of turning round schools that are in need of improvement and having a significant impact on their operation and student outcomes. The Kingsway Academy is the most improved school in Wirral, the North Liverpool Academy the most improved school in Liverpool.
However, we also recognise that our success is not just measured in our ofsted ratings and our attainment and progress scores. Our number one measure is destinations. We make a promise to all of our students and their families, successfully complete your programme of study and we guarantee for you a job, apprenticeship or university place.