Academies Toolkit

While the Government’s academy programme is in disarray, the NUT remains committed to supporting and protecting members working in academies. The Academies Toolkit for school and college reps steers you through the transfer process, and explains the key issues to look out for after a transfer to a new employer. It also shows how you and your members can work together within the NUT to protect and preserve your rights. Hover on the headings to see a summary of the content.

Introduction

Who the toolkit is for, how to use it and where to go for help.

Protecting your rights: building a collective voice

How to build the voice of your members to protect your collective rights.

Routes to a new academy employer

Outlines routes to a new employer – a transfer to academy status, a transfer from a single academy to a multi-academy trust, a transfer to a new multi-academy trust and a note about free schools.

Transfer Timeline

Outlines the stages and timing of a transfer to a new employer and what you can expect to happen at each stage.

Preparing for a Transfer

How to prepare for a transfer to a new employer, who to speak to, gathering and involving members.

Getting involved in information and consultation

Who provides information, who consults, how to respond, who to talk to, what questions to ask, how to consult with your members.

What is 'TUPE' about?

What TUPE means, employers' duties to inform and consult, how staff, terms and conditions and collective agreements are transferred to the new employer.

Understanding which rights transfer

Which rights transfer to the new employer - individual members' contracts, agreements with the NUT, arrangements for regular meetings and negotiations with the NUT.

More about measures

What is and what is not a 'measure' – a deliberate change in your working practices which is related to the transfer to the new employer.

Final checks before the transfer

Explains the employers' duties to provide information to the new employer – the names of the transferring staff, and the terms, conditions and collective rights that transfer with you to the new employer.

Vigilance after the transfer

How to avoid subtle attacks on TUPE rights, how your rights are protected, how to maintain terms and conditions for existing teachers and new joiners, how to preserve your rights and build the union.

Defending common national terms for new joiners

Strategies for defending and extending existing terms and conditions for new staff, how to avoid a two-tier workforce

Protecting and building your union

How to use the TUC model recognition agreement for academies, how to preserve arrangements for regular meetings and effective consultation with the NUT and how to maintain funding for facility time.

Shaping the future of your school

How to develop a strong collective NUT presence with your new employer.

Resources


Resource A – Meeting members

Planning for a meeting with members

This checklist will help you plan a meeting, run a meeting and follow-up after a meeting – includes how to share-out activities.

Hitting the right tone with members

Practical advice on how to establish a healthy bond whether your members were opposed to or supportive of academy status.

Meeting poster

You can copy this poster to bring NUT members together.

Meeting sign in sheet

You can use this sign in sheet to gauge how many members are attending and to collect your member's contact details.


Resource B – Protecting individual contracts

Model paragraphs for teachers' contracts

In liaison with your division secretary or other NUT contact you can ask your employers to include these paragraphs in teachers' contracts.

Template letters to give to head teachers / principals

In liaison with your division secretary or other NUT contact you can use these standard letters to ask that all staff will be employed on national terms and conditions.


Resource C – Protecting collective terms and conditions

Meeting with management

Useful tips on meeting with your head or principal.

Key questions to ask management

You can copy these questions into a letter to your employer and/or ask the questions during TUPE consultation meetings.


Resource D – Securing recognition

TUC model agreement for academies – guidance note and key principles

Outlines the key principles that the NUT and sister unions seek to maintain in their dealings with the new academy employer.

TUC model agreement for academies

Details a model for meetings and negotiations between the NUT and sister unions and the new academy employer in schools.

Sixth form college model basic recognition agreement

Details a model for meetings and negotiations between the NUT and sister unions and the new academy employer in sixth form colleges.


Resource E – Protecting trade union rights and facility time

Model letter B3b

Where your local authority has a trade union facility time pot, you can ask your local NUT secretary to send this letter at any time to urge your academy to participate in buy-back arrangements for facility time.

Model letter B5

Where there is no local trade union facility time pot, you may ask your local NUT secretary to send this letter to an academy school at the point of transfer. The letter urges academies to either set up school facility arrangements or to lobby the local authority to establish a pot. .

Model letter B6

Where there is a local trade union facility time pot, you may ask your local NUT secretary to send this letter to an academy school at the point of transfer. The letter urges academies to participate in those pot arrangements.