Newcastle Bridges School is part of Prosper Learning Trust, which is a small but growing Multi Academy Trust that is committed to making a difference to the pupils that we work with.
The Trust believes in creating compassionate and nurturing working environments where our staff can reach their full potential. We are looking for talented individuals who share our determination to give our pupils the very best educational opportunities to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Our staff are members of our Trust family and we believe it is very important to look after our family.
Investors in People
We believe that the success of our organisation begins and ends with our people. If we make work better for everyone, our staff are then able to focus on our pupils, who are at the centre of everything we do.
Continuous Professional Development
We invest heavily in supporting staff development across the Trust and believe that developing our support staff is just as important as developing our teaching staff. We run Trust wide CPD programmes and provide extensive opportunities for collaborations including a Trust wide Teaching and Learning Network. We have access to the Apprentice Levy and use this to support our staff CPD.
You will be supported every step of the way, with unparalleled line management, performance management, training opportunities and peer to peer support.
Our staff are encouraged and challenged to achieve their professional goals, and have access to resources and sessions to support them to succeed.
The Trust Family
As a growing Trust Family, there is a multitude of opportunities for career development and growth across Prosper Learning Trust – allowing you to develop your experience and expertise in a variety of contexts through secondments and promotions.
This scheme allows you to save up to 42% on a new bike and/or equipment for work. You choose a bike, hire it for an agreed length of time, with interest free credit, then purchase it for a fraction of it’s original value. The Cycle to Work scheme operates as a salary sacrifice employee benefit. This means that you agree to give up part of your salary in exchange for a benefit – in this instance the benefit of a bike and/or accessory. The salary sacrifice is taken from your gross salary (before tax) which means that you will pay less income tax and national insurance. Available to all employees after successful completion of your probationary period.
Wellbeing and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
As a Trust we understand the joy that comes with working with and educating children, but we’re also aware it comes with its challenges. For this reason, our staff’s wellbeing is a huge priority for us.
The Trust has a Wellbeing Network Group attended by representatives from each academy who meet termly. More information about the groups can be found on the Network Group pages.
As a Trust we are able to access to the services of Newcastle City Council Occupational Health, including counselling and physiotherapy services. We have also purchased our own access to additional independent counselling services to reduce waiting times. As well as access to the free mental health and wellbeing support for education staff from Education Support Partnership.
An EAP is a confidential employee benefit designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health, and general wellbeing.
Educational Staff Discounts Websites
Every staff member at Prosper Learning Trust is qualified for exclusive educational staff discounts via Discounts for Teachers and Teacher Perks.
These discounts are available with a vast number of retailers including:
All teaching staff are enrolled into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, Prosper Learning Trust commits to making generous employer contributions, substantially increasing the contributions to your pension.
All support staff are enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme, Prosper Learning Trust commits to making generous employer contributions, substantially increasing the contributions to your pension.
You don’t pay tax or national insurance on your contributions and your contributions are deducted automatically before tax is calculated.
Life assurance cover is provided for employees as part of the pension scheme, 3 x salary life assurance to cover death in service. Your spouse or civil partner will receive a pension after your death.
All staff are entitled to opt out of the pension scheme should they wish to.
Support staff can access a free Will writing service with Accord Legal Service.
Occupational Sickness Pay Scheme
Teachers’ national sick pay entitlements, set out in the Burgundy Book, give a sliding scale entitlement according to aggregated length of service, as follows:
Support Staff are entitled to receive sick pay for the following periods:
Real Living Wage
The Trust is proud to say that we match the Real Living Wage for our lowest paid workers. We appreciate all of our employees and the level of commitment and the type of work they do. The Real Living Wage rises in line with the wage announced every year by the national body, the Living Wage Foundation, which we implemented from 1 October 2022, increased pay from £9.90 to £10.90.
Full details on the Real Living Wage can be found on their website here.
We also have generous maternity and adoption leave entitlements for both Teachers and Support Staff.