Training opportunities are significant due to the presence of our own teaching school (Suffolk Borders Teaching Alliance) at the heart of the trust which is driving outstanding opportunities for professional development, research, teacher training and collaboration between schools and across phases.  The three elements of the Teaching School’s responsibility are effective school-to-school support, high quality initial teacher training and provision of evidence-informed continuing professional and leadership development.

Unity Schools Partnership also has a research school and through the various strands of Research School activity, Unity Schools Partnership has extended its reach and reputation for collaborative school improvement work with connections with the Department for Education, Chartered College of Teaching, Teaching School Council, Royal Society, Ofsted and UCL. 

The Trust offers a wide range of staff benefits including: 

Pensions

All staff are automatically enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme depending on their role and position within the organisation. Both schemes are defined benefit schemes, which are very valuable. 

Discounts

We have managed to negotiate a range of discounts for staff and are on the lookout for more offers all the time to increase the variety and find something that will appeal to everyone:

Real Bodies Gym

Gym in Haverhill are offering a 50% discount to UnitySP employees, please feel free to visit the gym and just present your ID badge to claim the discount, a poster giving more details is also attached to this email. We hope shortly to have opportunities to join gyms in other places too.

Birkett Long

A very reputable firm of solicitors covering a variety of different areas of law, including making a will or trust, buying or selling a property, family law, accident claims, court of protection etc. Through their Embrace scheme, they are offering a FREE initial consultation and then up to a further 20% discount.  See leaflet and poster attached. We will get some copies of these for you to place in you staff rooms. This is open to all UnitySP employees and their families.

PerkBox

A huge range of discounts at many retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Detail of how to access this will be coming very soon.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Some of our team are already using this scheme, so I am sure they will be willing to share with you how great it is. This benefit can give you up to 42% savings on the cost of a new bike and any equipment – not to mention the benefits to your health and the environment, and the saving on parking spaces!!

Flu-Jab

In the autumn term we will issue flu vouchers to all employees.