Our teachers are highly valued and we aim to support and develop them to their full potential, fostering a culture of high performance, underpinned by principles of dignity, respect, equality and diversity.

Working at Macmillan

Members of staff are the foundation of the academy and they are our greatest asset. It is not possible to develop a great school without great staff. Recruiting, developing and retaining talented staff is fundamental to the ethos of the academy.

Staff wellbeing is very important to us at the academy. We believe that wellbeing initiatives should not be based on gimmicks but should be based on trying to provide the best working conditions for everybody. We aim to do this by ensuring that there is clarity around academy values and our vision, reducing unnecessary work, trying to help everybody to work as smartly as possible as well as ensuring that there is clear communication and that the academy is a place where positive working relationships are formed and all staff feel valued. In addition, we will look at the government's workload reduction toolkit and the education staff wellbeing charter to see if this is something we want to sign up to.

How do we do this?

  • OPTIC our teaching and learning strategy is research led and is central to all that we do
  • Departments have control over their own feedback policy
  • There are a maximum of 3 data drops per year per year group. All data is used to inform intervention
  • Deadlines are well publicised and there is annual calendar consultation.
  • High quality training and professional development opportunities. We have the Expert Teacher Programme and staff undertake professional qualifications such as the NPQs
  • Collaborative working and planning is strongly encouraged
  • Measured approach to monitoring and evaluation (lesson observations, department reviews, CRPs)
  • Staff library with up-to-date resources
  • There are staff buddies for new members of staff
  • SLT open door policy at all times including urgent email for non-school days
  • Reduced meeting times (one 10 minute staff briefing, one department meeting and one hour of staff training time per week). Meetings are developmental not administrative
  • Opportunities for staff to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as: annual productions, sport and the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Opportunities to lead international trips and visits
  • Annual flu jabs for all staff
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Referrals for professional counselling
  • We will always try to accommodate part time working. Currently we have 125 members of staff working full time (84 teachers and 41 support staff) and 73 members of our staff work part time (36 teachers and 37 support staff)
  • Childcare voucher scheme for those who have children in regular daycare
  • We will always try to support staff with individual or family issues by helping to find external support or guidance where we can
  • We will try to support staff to be able to attend special occasions or important family events
For more information please see our People booklet
Macmillan Academy - People