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Jobs at SECAT

Our Mission is building strong schools, building strong partnerships, building strong communities

Why work for us?

SECAT is a great place to work, we’re committed to our staff and their employee experience matters.

SECAT has a responsibility to ensure all our young people receive the best provision possible. To enable this we want our employees’ to have the best experience possible so as to thrive personally and professionally.  Our People are at the heart of the trust, and we are committed to ensuring everyone can reach their full potential.

If you join us at SECAT we are sure whatever your role that you will be making a difference to the lives of the children and communities we educate and support. 

We're also an inclusive trust, and our aim is to provide a supportive environment in which to work. Read more about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at SECAT and our mission, vision and value. For more detailed information about our future, please read our Strategy.

Our benefits 

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits. 


We offer competitive salaries and commit to being a Living Wage employer. Our rates of pay compare favourably both locally and within the sector. For Teachers we pay 1% over agreed national payscales.


You’ll be eligible to join one of our employer pension contribution schemes, either:

  • Teachers’ Pensions (TPS)

  • the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) administered by Essex County Council

Your contract of employment will specify which defined benefit scheme you’re eligible for. Your contribution rates are based on your salary and deducted from gross pay to give tax relief. You can find further details and the member guides at 


We offer a generous paid holiday entitlement in line with National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions of between 25-35 days (dependent on grade and length of service) in addition to statutory bank holidays throughout the year. Our holiday year runs from 1 September to 31 August.

Work/Life Balance

We adopt flexible working culture and practices committed to enabling employees to work flexibly, to be able to balance the demands of their role and organisational requirements with their personal circumstances.

We offer a scheme through which employees can formally apply for flexible working, including alterations to working hours, compressed hours or part-time working and job sharing.

Development and training

Following probation, our employees are supported to set professional and personal development goals through an annual appraisal cycle.

We offer a range of training opportunities for all employees including e-learning, face-to-face and virtual sessions, and workshops as well as online resources, secondment, and apprenticeship opportunities to support you in your role and to help you reach your full potential.

Training agreements and access to our apprenticeship levy are also available for training opportunities.

We offer apprenticeships and support teacher training programmes.

Health and Wellbeing 

Our overarching health and wellbeing programme, focuses on our employees’ experience. It's committed to creating a culture and environment in which staff feel safe and encouraged to speak about their health and wellbeing so as to access the right support at the right time when they need it.

We offer access to healthcare scheme. From day one this includes access to 24/7 GP and a range of mental health provision including counselling.

We offer employees free eyesight tests or spectacles for VDU use.

We offer access to our occupational health service to support a range of healthcare concerns and reasonable adjustments.

We offer a hub of wellbeing resources, advice and signposting to enable good health and wellbeing self-management.

Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to equality of opportunity and to providing a service and following practices which are free from unfair and unlawful discrimination.

SECAT promotes diversity through achieving genuine equality of opportunity. The organisation aims to recognise and value differences between individuals, such as age, disability, sex/ gender, race, religion or belief, marital status or civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy / maternity and sexual orientation. Only by embracing people with different backgrounds can we fulfil our Vision and Mission.

We know that there is more work to do in this area, and that’s why equality, diversity and inclusion will be a key strand in our developing approach strategically to our people. 

Candidates have a responsibility to talk to us about their needs. There may be occasions when a candidate requires us to make adjustments to our standard recruitment forms, processes and procedures to enable their application to be considered on a fair and equitable basis. We will discuss with the individual what adjustments are reasonable, effective and achievable.