Wellbeing and Benefits
The Vale Academy Trust is a workplace based on respect; this is supported by our Dignity at Work Policy and our Code of Conduct. We believe that everyone should be treated equally with courtesy and fairness.
The Vale Academy Trust recognises that our employees have priorities outside of work. We support our employees in a variety of circumstances wherever possible through a range of policies such as: enhanced maternity leave, shared parental leave, flexible working, parental leave, an Unpaid Leave Policy (enabling employees to apply to take a career break from work) and an Employee Assistance Programme.
Many of our employees work flexibly in different ways, including part-time. We are happy to discuss these options and the flexibility they offer at interview and also later on during your employment with us.
We also offer Emergency and Special Leave arrangements which allow our employees to apply for paid time off to deal with both unforeseen emergencies and to attend significant events.
The Vale Academy Trust works in partnership with relevant Trade Unions, seeking their input into our people policies and initiatives.
As a Trust we follow the School Teachers Pay and Conditions and the Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales (the “Burgundy Book”). These are the pay and conditions used by local authorities.
For our Support Staff we use the Local Government Terms and Conditions (THE “Green Book”), which is a National Agreement on pay and conditions of service. This is supported by the NJC Job Evaluation Scheme to ensure that our pay structure is fair, equitable, and consistent for everyone.
Pension Schemes: Teachers Pension Scheme and Local Government Pension Scheme
All employees are enrolled into a Defined Benefit Pension Scheme – Teachers joining the Trust will become a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and for support staff we adopt the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Your Health and Wellbeing is Important to Us
Employees have access to support through Occupational Health and a Counselling Service; this includes a 24/7 confidential Employee Assistance Programme with access to specialist financial, legal and personal advice. We have several Mental Health First Aiders in our schools trained to promote well-being and to signpost staff to relevant support agencies.
We run a successful and popular cycle purchase plan via Cyclescheme, whereby you can get 25-39% off a new bike, paying for it out of your salary on a monthly basis.
We also offer all staff an enhanced sick pay scheme.
Gender Pay Gap
The Vale Academy Trust recognises and supports the aim of Gender Pay Gap reporting to help employers identify any gaps in their organisation and take action to ensure that women have the same opportunities as men to fulfil their potential in the workplace.
The Vale Academy Trust is committed to developing Apprenticeships. We use the apprenticeship levy not just for new employees, but also to help current colleagues access exciting, relevant Continuing Professional Development opportunities.