Frequently Asked Questions – General Employment

What is a Multi-Academy Trust?

The Tarka Learning Partnership is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).  A MAT is a single entity established to undertake a strategic collaboration to improve and maintain high educational standards across a number of schools.  A group of schools form a single MAT that has overarching responsibility for their governance.  The MAT is accountable for the performance of each school in the group, although each can still have their own School Community Board, which operates subject to the delegation of power from the MAT, and supplemental funding arrangements with each individual school, is signed by the Secretary of State for Education.

I currently teach at a local authority school  How will working for a Trust affect my terms and conditions?

The Tarka Learning Partnership is committed to offering national terms and conditions in line with the School Teacher’s Pay and Conditions document (“STPCD”), or the NJC nationally agreed Pay and Conditions for Support Staff.

All contracted members of staff will be automatically enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme (whichever is appropriate).  You don’t pay tax or national insurance on your contributions, and the Tarka Learning Partnership adds a generous employer contribution.

What are the key characteristics of a Tarka Learning Partnership school?

  • High expectations – the Tarka Learning Partnership creates a culture of high aspirations and sets ambitious targets for every pupil.
  • Inclusive – every individual pupil and staff member is valued and their differences celebrated.
  • A rich, knowledge-based academic curriculum – the curriculum in all the Tarka Learning Partnership schools is broad and balanced with an emphasis on academic success.
  • Carefully focused traditional teaching, rigorous tracking and personalised intervention – the Tarka Learning Partnership believe in good teachers, with good subject knowledge, who deliver well planned lessons. We closely monitor progress ensuring pupils meet their potential.
  • Highly qualified staff that are motivated and well-trained – the Tarka Learning Partnership offers training and professional development opportunities to ensure staff deliver the very best outcomes for pupils.

What opportunities do you offer for career development?

We are committed to developing the next generation of teachers, managers and leaders in our schools and throughout the school system. We aim to create an environment where all our staff can grow and succeed.