Working in a school comes with challenges, but it can also be one of the most satisfying employment experiences a person can have. Watching children learn and develop is inspirational. Being part of that growth is rewarding. School staff members have opportunities to build profound relationships with young people and provide help and guidance that not all children receive at home.
Minerva Learning Trust is home to nearly 6,000 students from various backgrounds, cultures and communities, and each of our 800 staff, Trustees and Governors have a role in scoping a positive path and aspirational future for them.
There are opportunities in education for all with the different access routes available here.
We also offer a variety of people development routes to help our staff grow and establish their career with us. Our Minerva and Me testimonials offer insight from some of our staff members who are currently climbing the ladder within the Minerva company thanks to our internal professional development opportunities.
We established the Minerva Collaborative Learning Alliance (MCLA) to support staff to further develop their practice and leadership skills and ultimately improve the quality of educational provision for our young people.
Our Minerva Collaborative Learning Alliance is a network offering high-quality professional development opportunities, bespoke coaching, mentoring, and Early Careers Support. As part of this offer, in 2021 we launched our hugely successful ROUTES CPD program and delivered 126 courses to 392 staff members in that year alone.
The network is led by our Central School Improvement Team members, but staff from all our schools contribute towards its delivery and success.
Our staff also benefit from externally provided training opportunities with many staff members upskilling through training or apprenticeship opportunities. Read more.
Wellbeing and Workload Charter
Our colleagues are supported by our in-house workload and well-being charters. These charters are our declaration of support for, and a set of commitments, to the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working in education.
We honour the promises within these charters and regularly re-affirm and review them with the assistance of each school’s wellbeing working group and annual wellbeing surveys.
We welcome applications from people who want to work part-time, including for jobs that are advertised as full-time. There are several ways in which this can be facilitated so if this applies to you, please discuss this option with the recruiting manager.
All our employees are auto-enrolled into the South Yorkshire Pension Authority and are regularly invited to attend pension awareness sessions from the provider.
For support staff annual leave starts at 25 days a year plus Bank Holidays and increases to 30 after 5 years service
NJC Pay Conditions
The Trust follows the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). This means that teachers can be clear on their pay and other conditions of service. We use the local government pay rates to pay our support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.
Cycle to Work Scheme
Cycle to Work is a government initiative that offers our employees who want to cycle to work the opportunity to get a new bike and accessories, tax-free.