Our range of employee benefits aims to support the health and wellbeing of our staff ensuring they are valued and supported throughout their time at work.

Pension Scheme

As an employee of Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust you are offered membership of either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme; or for support staff, the Local Government Pension Scheme. As well as employee’s paying contributions into the scheme (banded, based on earnings level) Pathfinder also pays into the scheme on your behalf at the following rates (regardless of earnings):

Support Staff Pension Scheme
Pathfinder contributes an additional 20.4% of your salary

Teachers’ Pension Scheme
Pathfinder contributes an additional 28.68% of your salary

Staff benefits platform

Our dedicated employee benefits platform Vivup provides staff with access to all of our benefits in one easy to use and convenient place. Vivup also provides exclusive benefits through their platform, including discounts from major retailers as part of the lifestyle savings benefit and the option to spread the cost of purchasing items straight from your salary through the home and electronics and cycle to work benefits.

Lifestyle savings
Save on everyday essentials, enjoy money off at the movies and browse frequently updated deals across retail, food, shopping, travel, family essentials, dining out, leisure activities and much more. The lifestyle savings benefits include:

  • Frequently updated discounts from the UK’s leading retailers
  • Updates to offers and discounts sent directly to your email
  • New offers, brands, retailers and discounts added on a weekly basis

Home and electronics
Spread the cost of purchasing a range of tech, homeware and essential appliances from Currys, John Lewis and more with payments taken automatically from your salary. The home and electronic benefits include:

  • An alternative to expensive credit cards and pay day loans with no deposit required
  • Spread the cost of essential items via fixed monthly salary reductions
  • Access a huge range of products for the home and garden including the latest tech products
  • Fast home delivery within days of authorisation
  • No credit checks

Cycle to work
Save up to 42% on the latest bikes, high-vis clothing and safety accessories for your commute to and from work. The cycle to work benefits include:

  • Staying fit, healthy and focused
  • Avoiding expensive petrol, parking and public transport costs
  • A huge range of tax free bikes and safety equipment from one convenient location
  • Spreading the cost throughout the year with manageable reductions direct from your salary

CSSC Sports and Leisure

Our staff benefits scheme with CSSC gives Pathfinder staff access to over 4,500 benefits, offers and activities for £4.99 a month. The benefits include:

  • Free family entry to all English Heritage and Cadw sites
  • Unlimited, year-round entry to Kew Gardens and Wakehurst
  • Discounted trips and days out to local and national cultural sites
  • Huge savings at restaurants, cinemas, gyms, theme parks and attractions
  • Over 40 sports and communities to join and stay active with
  • Funding for sports qualifications, competition entry fees and elite training
  • Free health and wellbeing portal for courses, classes and content
  • Up to 70% off shopping with thousands of online and high street retailers

Employee Assistance Programme

Making sure everyone at Pathfinder gets the support they need whatever their worries, the Employee Assistance Programme provides specialist counselling and resources 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is completely confidential and provides support by telephone or online from specialist call handlers and counsellors who understand the demands of working in education. You can also access:

  • Emotional support and counselling
  • Specialist information on work-life balance
  • Financial and legal advice
  • Management consultation to support those responsible for managing others
  • Up to six sessions of face to face or telephone counselling
  • Access to online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Information on local services such as elder care and childcare

Able Futures

As a Trust, we are subscribed to Able Futures which provides up to nine months of confidential, no cost advice, guidance and support from mental health professionals to help you cope with work while you manage a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or stress.

TES Magazine subscription

All Pathfinder employees have unlimited access to the online TES magazine keeping you up to date with the latest education news, analysis and teaching and learning knowledge.

Discounted bus travel

As part of the First Bus Commuter Travel Club, Pathfinder staff benefit from discounts on work and leisure travel using First Bus services. The benefits of the Commuter Travel Club include:

  • Savings on discounted monthly bus tickets
  • Unlimited bus travel within your chosen zone
  • Mobile tickets delivered straight to the free First Bus App
  • Automatic monthly ticket renewal
  • Spread the cost of annual travel
  • Price frozen for 12 months

Free Will Writing Service

Estate Planning and Will Writing specialists Dunham McCarthy are able to offer Pathfinder employees a free Will writing service to help you plan for your future, protecting your family and loved ones. The free service is provided remotely, either by telephone or video call, at a time to suit you. You will have an advisor to help you complete each step from start to finish.