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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.