The NUT is committed to supporting and protecting its members who work in academies. However, we utterly oppose the Government’s aim that all schools in England should become academies by 2022 and its stated intention to force all schools in local authorities that it considers to be ‘unviable’ or ‘underperforming’ into academy status.
Details of the NUT’s campaign against the Government’s plans can be found here.
The academies programme has resulted in the fragmentation of the education system while undermining the local accountability of schools. It has also undermined the national pay and conditions framework for teachers as well as local collective agreements. Read the NUT’s guidance on teachers’ pay and conditions in academies here.
What are academies?
Academies are schools in England that are funded directly by the Department for Education (DfE) and operate independently of the local authority.
There are two types of academy. “Converter” academies are those where the school governors apply for academy status. “Sponsored” academies are schools that the Government has labelled as “underperforming” and put under the control of an academy sponsor.
Protecting members’ rights in academies
This toolkit is for NUT reps in schools which are intending to convert, or have already converted to an academy. The toolkit explains the process that your school will follow in the conversion to an academy and provides information and guidance on how to promote the interests of the Union’s members in the school once it becomes an academy.
Forced academy conversion following the Education and Adoption Act 2016
The Education and Adoption Act 2016 has brought about increased powers of intervention against schools deemed to be ‘failing’, ‘coasting’ or ‘underperforming’.
However, it is not the case that schools in this position will in all circumstances face the prospect of a forced academy conversion. The NUT has produced a briefing on the Act which sets out the implications for schools in different circumstances. More detailed legal advice on the legislation is available here.
This advice note aims to support NUT local officers in addressing questions from NUT members and others about the implications of recent Government policy initiatives for maintained schools and local authorities. In particular it looks at the implications of new legislation for so-called ‘failing’, ‘coasting’ or ‘underperforming’ schools.
What happens to school land and buildings when a school becomes an academy?
If the Conservative Government proceeds with its plan to convert all schools in England into academies this begs the question, what happens to all the valuable school land and buildings paid for by taxpayers and largely controlled by local authorities? This briefing document explains the current arrangements for land transfers when a school becomes an academy and highlights NUT concerns about the proposed new arrangements set out in the White Paper. The NUT argues that these open the door for the privatisation of highly valuable state assets
Information on the NUT’s arrangements for negotiating, organising and supporting members in specific academy chains can be accessed here.
If you would like to find out about a specific academy sponsor, our guidance document provides a useful summary of sources of information.