Developing our people:
How we work
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Working as a member of a multi-academy trust means that schools, and colleagues within them, can achieve more than they could individually. We work collaboratively, share good practice and have a Trust-wide approach to development. All schools are partners in Manchester Nexus, our SCITT. All schools bring their expertise to share. We need to make sure we have the right people in the right place doing the job that is needed to build excellent provision for our children and young people. Staff are supported and developed professionally to make sure they can do that and are valued and recognised for their work.
All teachers are appointed on Burgundy Book terms and conditions. All support staff are appointed on Green Book and National Joint Council terms and conditions. The Trust always implements nationally agreed pay awards.
The appraisal process aligns and complements the culture and ethos of working with staff and supporting the change process. All Trust staff use a common on-line system for appraisal elements (objectives, training record, self-evaluation). The appraisal process is not limited to the annual performance management and pay decision process (teachers only): it is all-year-round and embedded in the culture of aligning staff aspirations with Trust improvement priorities.
Through appraisal we recognise and celebrate success, it’s an on-going process of development to ensure staff are the best they can be, contributing to the best educational provision for young people.
The Trust has a relationship with the recognised Trade Unions through termly JCNC (Joint Consultation and Negotiation Committee) meetings. Trustees are committed to seek agreement on revisions to staff policies through the recognised unions which are currently: NASUWT, Unison, ASCL, National Education Union, National Association of Headteachers.
All staff are automatically enrolled into the relevant pension scheme: The Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) or the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS). You are guaranteed a pension from both these schemes if you work the minimum number of years and unless you opt-out. They are Defined Benefit Schemes (based on your salary, not the investment), the Trust (as the employer) pays into your pension as well as you. For more information visit www.teacherspensions.co.uk or www.lgpsmember.org
The Trust buys into an employee assistance programme which offers a wide range of services to staff. The company is called Health Assured www.healthassured.org Available on both iOS and Android, it’s the UK’s largest and best free library of wellbeing resources: helping staff with for example life’s physical, mental and financial challenges.
The Cranmer Education Trust is the accredited provider for the Manchester Nexus SCITT. The SCITT delivers both primary and secondary school centred initial teacher training.
Our mission is to recruit, train, develop and retain the best teachers for our pupils and develop and retain the best future leaders for our schools and the profession. Training and mentoring new teachers enables our staff to develop professionally and progress in their careers. A growing Trust provides further opportunities for career progression.
The Northern Alliance Teaching School is part of the Cranmer Education Trust. Our aim is to ensure that we make the very best provision for all our young people by working collaboratively and learning from each other. The alliance enables professional networks and collaboration across the region. We lead on NQT development and quality assurance. We run school-to-school support and curriculum networks.
There are opportunities to be seconded to another Trust school, to be developed further and achieve a breadth of experience. We encourage all our staff to seize the opportunities which arise through our Teaching School Alliance.