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Why should I work for Hamwic Education Trust?

Hamwic Education Trust is a successful and growing Trust consisting of 30 academies across Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset and Poole.  We are passionate about improving the life chances of our children and young people.  We bring professional expertise and experience to secure the highest possible achievement for all.  We believe in a local education whilst taking account of national and international perspectives.

A career with Hamwic has unlimited opportunities.  We are passionate about supporting staff with their professional development.  We consider our staff to be a valuable resource and aim to ensure that they receive the training and tools available to be the best in what they do. 

Through the School-Centred Initial Teaching Training (SCITT) we provide the highest quality training, using the full range of alliance and partnership resources and professional expertise.

Hamwic offers a wide range of professional development opportunities, from networking and secondments, to upskilling through leadership programmes and the apprenticeship scheme, as well as enhancing current skills or learning new ones through our short courses. 

What support and opportunities are available to me?

  • We have a supportive network of over 1500 colleagues across Southampton, Portsmouth, Poole and Dorset
  • Excellent career and professional development opportunities for staff, including training programmes, secondments, regular networking events and conferences
  • Comprehensive health and wellbeing programme
  • In-house educational and business support provided by qualified personnel in the managed services team
  • Access to courses and workshops organised through our teaching school
  • All new staff receive an induction programme, delivered in school by designated personnel.  The programme is tailored to suit the needs of the role 
  • A new headteachers induction programme delivered by the Trust supports those taking up their first headship and those moving to a new school within Hamwic Education Trust.  It is designed to assist the process of initiation to headship, and supports new school leaders in balancing the practical demands of their role with personal leadership development.  Further information can be found on our staff development pages
  • School leaders, senior leadership teams and line managers are invited to attend regular training delivered by the HR team based around Hamwic Education Trust HR policies.  The training enables those attending to develop their practices so they can better support employees in the workplace

What benefits will I receive?

As an employee of Hamwic Education Trust, you will be entitled to a fantastic range of support with health and wellbeing and staff benefits


  • Generous pension scheme through the local government pension scheme or teacher pension services
  • Enhanced AVC contribution scheme
  • Preferential rates for a dental and cash plan

  • We have partnered with Sodexo to offer our staff discounts on shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets etc.  You can access all the vouchers through your phone.  Currently, all staff can access discounts for John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Nike, GAP and many more.
  • Free eye sight test and contribution towards cost of glasses if needed specifically for the use of display screen equipment
  • Generous holiday entitlement increasing with length of service for support staff
  • Tax efficient childcare scheme offered through salary sacrifice
  • Free confidential counselling offered through Health Assured.  Staff and immediate family members are also eligible
  • Access to annual health and wellbeing drop-ins in school
  • Range of support, information and webinars around health and wellbeing
  • Opportunity to become a school workplace health and wellbeing representative, meeting with other schools on a termly basis and feeding into the health and wellbeing strategy
  • Stress management training

  • Access to work mental health support service enabling staff using it to receive nine months of professional mental health support from a vocational rehabilitation consultant (VRC).  The VRC will support an individual through mental health difficulties including stress, anxiety and depression, which result from both inside and outside the workplace.  Staff will also receive coaching and teaching on how to manage mental health difficulties, as well as being given support on how to access relevant services.  Family members (16 or over) who are in or about to start work are also eligible
  • Occupational health referral if needed, helping staff to make sense of the situation they may find themselves in and signpost to more support if required 

All schools with the Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.  All successful candidates will be subject to disclosure and barring service checks along with other relevant employment checks.