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Benefits Of Working At Best

Join BEST and discover the advantages of living and working in rural Bedfordshire.

All of our employees enjoy a range of benefits, with some specific benefits for teaching and support staff:

  • Pleasant rural working environment with easy access to London, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Cambridge
  • Free onsite parking
  • Access to onsite childcare with BEST nurseries based at the Samuel Whitbread and Gothic Mede Academies
  • Preferential membership rate for the Pendleton Sports & Leisure Centre, Arlesey
  • Excellent sporting facilities
  • Free at the point of use counselling and occupational health services
  • Access to training via the BEST Teaching School and Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership
  • Opportunities to share knowledge and work across the Trust
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption benefits and a suite of family friendly policies including shared parental leave, paternity leave, parental leave and flexible working

Teaching Staff

  • Membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • Access to postgraduate study with the University of Cambridge
  • Generous sick pay scheme in accordance with the Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales
  • Generous Teaching & Learning Responsibility, SEN and Recruitment and Retention allowances

Support Staff

  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Term time working
  • 24 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) rising to 29 days after 5 years and 31 days after 10 years for 52 week employees (pro rata for term time only or part time employees)

Generous sick pay scheme in accordance with NJC terms of employment