We offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits, challenging and interesting work, and opportunities to achieve your potential. We know that every individual is different, so our benefits package aims to offer something for everyone. You can find a snapshot of what is available below.
If you are a teacher, you are contractually enrolled into the Teachers’ Pension scheme and will pay directly into this from your salary each month, which is then topped up by an employer contribution. It’s a great way to save for your future and also pay a little less tax every month, as you are taxed on your salary after your pension contribution has been taken.
The Teachers’ Pension Scheme is a defined benefits scheme – that means it offers teachers a guaranteed income in retirement based on annual pensionable earnings, rather than a scheme that is reliant on how investments perform (a defined contribution scheme). So, you can see what pension benefits you have built-up and can work out how much pension you will receive at your chosen retirement date. You can also take part of your pension as a tax free lump sum when you retire. In the event of your death, a pension is payable to your beneficiaries. An enhancement is applied if you die in service or die after retirement on grounds of ill-health with enhanced or total incapacity benefits.
As long as you are in eligible employment, your pension stays with you, wherever you go throughout your teaching career. You can check on what benefits you are building up at any time through the My Pension Online platform.
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
If you are joining us in one of the many other wide and varied roles within the Trust, you will automatically be enrolled onto either the Nottinghamshire LGPS or West Yorkshire LGPS. And, just as with the Teachers’ Pension, you will benefit from a secure scheme with employer contributions.
The LGPS is a defined benefit pension scheme which means your pension is based on your salary and how long you pay into the scheme. Your pension is not affected by how well investments perform. The LGPS provides you with a secure and guaranteed income every year when you stop working. You also have the option to exchange part of your pension for tax-free cash when you take it.
You receive tax relief on the contributions that you pay. You can boost your pension by paying more contributions, which you would get tax relief on. You can also pay half your normal contributions in return for half your normal pension – known as the 50/50 section of the scheme. It is designed to help members stay in the LGPS when times are financially tough.
Your family can also enjoy financial security with life cover and a pension for your spouse, eligible cohabiting partner and eligible children, in the event of your death while contributing. If you ever become seriously ill, you could receive immediate ill-health benefits.
Health and wellbeing
Employee Assistance Programme
Sometimes it can be difficult to balance the pressures of work and home life. Health Assured provide caring support to both you and your immediate family on emotional, financial and legal matters. This extensive free online resource provides an immediate source of information on a range of issues from stress and anxiety to life stage events such as pregnancy, caring for others and separation and divorce. A team of fully qualified professionals manage the service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We take a collaborative, whole organisation approach to employee health and wellbeing – engaging staff at all levels through workshops and information sharing to shape organisational strategy. Through our free Health Hub, delivered through our occupational health provider, we also offer all staff access to a wide range of wellbeing information.
We have partnered with Specsavers to provide display screen equipment users with a voucher for a free eye test and a contribution towards glasses if the glasses are needed for working with this type of equipment.
Money saving offers and discounts
Through Salary Extras, we offer a range of money saving benefits including car, bike and technology schemes, plus discounts on gym membership, holidays, days out, cinema tickets, restaurants and top online shopping sites including instant voucher codes. You will be able to register online to get more information and see how much you can save – plus, you can download the Salary Extras app to access everything in the palm of your hand.
Childcare – breakfast and after school clubs
Members of staff with a child or children attending one of our primary academies within the Trust could access a free place* in their child’s academy-run breakfast or after school club.
Access to the free wraparound care is aimed at supporting an individual’s working hours/pattern within the Trust. So, if you need to access the provision to enable you to work, this may mean you could benefit from either a free breakfast or after school club place, or a combination of the two.
You can access breakfast and after school clubs at:
- Bracken Lane Primary Academy
- Tuxford Primary Academy
- Wainwright Primary Academy
Breakfast clubs only are available at:
- Samuel Barlow Primary Academy
- Hillocks Primary Academy
*Please note that an academy reserves the right to withdraw a club if it is unable to cover the cost of running the provision due to insufficient paid for places.