Working for Focus-Trust
What you might like to know about the Focus-Trust
Terms and conditions: Terms and conditions at the Focus Trust reflect those found nationally.
Pensions: The Focus Trust contributes to Teachers’ Pensions and Local Government pensions in the same way and with the same level of contribution as local authorities.
Continuous Service: The Focus Trust recognises continuous service with local authorities
Employer Relations: The Focus Trust has a Trade Union agreement which recognises the teacher and support staff unions. This is further supported by an ongoing and productive relationship with key trade union officials.
Equality of opportunity: The Focus-Trust is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation and/or medical condition.
Links with Focus Education: Focus-Trust has strong links with Focus Education and staff members benefit from all their latest publications, training and consultancy.
Types of professional development within the Focus-Trust
All the academies within the Trust are willing partners who have actively chosen to join the Focus-Trust and there is a very high degree of consensus, cooperation and commitment from within the group. Each of the academies within the Trust is autonomous and has their own distinctive ethos which meets the need of their community.
From the outset, a half termly Leaders’ Forum (attended by Principals and their Deputies) has met. The purpose of the Leaders Forum is to deal swiftly with operational issues and focus mainly on pedagogical/educational issues. This has enabled a great deal of sharing of best practice from within the academies. Staff benefit from the opportunity to link across a wider community of diverse academies.
A range of other forum groups are in place and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback and support. These include:
- English Leaders – externally facilitated
- Mathematics Leaders – externally facilitated
- Science Leaders – externally facilitated
- Early Years Leaders – externally facilitated
- Business Managers
- Improving Outcomes for Pupils
- Healthy schools
- Pupil Premium
All of the above forums have enabled staff at all levels to benefit from enhanced professional development and mutual support.
The Trust runs its own programme for the induction of newly qualified teachers. Focus-Trust now offer a school-based Primary PG Teacher Training programme here in the North West in conjunction with Cumbria University.