Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

10 Sep 2018
Business managers, bursars and secretaries, headteachers of all schools
For information
New staff benefits platform

ESCC has recently launched a new staff benefits platform! Find out more about the offers, discounts, and how to register.

We're pleased to announce that the new staff benefits platform is now live.

The new site is provided by My Staff Shop and contains a wide range of offers, discounts and deals from major brands and local businesses. You’ll find ways to save on all of the below, and more:

  • Shopping and groceries, including discounts with Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose and Asda
  • Department stores like Argos, John Lewis, Debenhams and Amazon
  • Savings at major cinema chains including Odeon and Cineworld
  • Days out and attractions such as Thorpe Park, Sealife Centres, Chessington and Alton Towers
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Dining and eating out
  • Finance and utilities, including financial advice
  • Our Childcare voucher scheme

You can register by visiting and clicking the ‘activate your account’ link, to the right hand side of the page. You’ll be asked for your year of birth and payroll number, which can be found on your e-payslip or contract of employment. You can then set up your account and start browsing the deals. Plus, if you register by 30th September, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win up to £30 of ‘Reward Beans’ to spend on the site.

Access to the site is available to anyone who has a contract of employment with ESCC, so please make your colleagues aware! All staff who were employed by ESCC prior to 1st July 2018 will be able to register with the site immediately, and new starters will be able to register after receiving their first monthly salary payment. Please note that academies employees, as well agency, supply, ‘claims only’ and partnership staff are not eligible to access the site.

In support of the new site, all employees are being issued with Membership Cards – supplies are being sent out to all schools via the courier service, so please make these available when they arrive.

The Membership Card acts as a reloadable gift card which can be redeemed at over 90 national retailers, including M&S, Boots, Currys and Argos.

When you load your card with funds via the benefits site, a 7% discount is applied – so £100 worth of funds would only cost you £93.  It can then be spent in-store like a normal gift card, wherever 'Love 2 Shop' vouchers are accepted - a full list is available on the benefits site.

The Membership Card can also be used to claim discounts from participating local businesses – see the ‘Local Deals’ section of the benefits site for more information.

I hope you and your colleagues enjoy using the site, and making some savings – please contact me if you have any questions.

Nicholas Earley
Nicholas Earley
HR Consultant

Phone: 01273 335061