What you can do
You can see these actions in more detail in ATL's academies checklist.
1. Elect a rep
Having a rep will help make sure your school is organised. See:
If you are a rep, consider attending one of ATL's regionally based reps' training courses.
2. Secure union recognition
If the principle of union recognition has not been accepted, or if a recognition agreement based on the TUC model recognition agreement or otherwise, has not been signed, pursue the issue as a matter of urgency, keeping your ATL branch secretary and ATL's London office informed of progress. The TUC has also produced guidance to help with discussions between school managers, governors and trade unions.
ATL is already recognised by and has established policies with a number of existing academies - see ATL's recognition agreements and policies with academies.
AMiE has produced some guidance for its members on academy status and the TUC model recognition agreement.
3. Establish a joint consultative and negotiating committee (JCNC)
Get a date in the diary for the first meeting of the JCNC, and then ensure it meets at least once a term. See ATL's Your school joint consulative negotiating committee - why it is important and the annex of the TUC model recognition agreement for more information about setting up a JCNC.
4. Ensure everyone is in ATL
Size matters when campaigning - by showing that staff and significant members of the local community are behind us, the greater the chance of success. ATL's online joining form is at www.atl.org.uk/join.
5. Keep colleagues informed
Keep members fully aware of what is happening within the school. If you need to hold staff meetings, these should be joint meetings with members of GMB, NASUWT, NUT, Unison and Unite when appropriate. See ATL's guidance on arranging staff meetings.
6. Keep ATL informed
It's important you keep in touch so we can give you the support you need. Liaise with your ATL Branch, and you can also contact ATL's London office.
Also contact ATL if the school seeks to undermine the union recognition arrangements, unreasonably restrict time off for union duties, or depart from the term of the STPCD, Burgundy Book or Green Book.
Full list of resources for schools that have converted to academy status
- ATL's FAQs on academies for governors
- Joint union FAQs on academies for staff
- Joint union FAQs on academies for parents
- Downloadable version of ATL's academies checklist (see part 3)
- TUC model recognition agreement
- TUC guidance to help with discussions between school managers, governors and trade unions
- Covering letter for the model agreement
- ATL's academies and facilities time guidance
- ATL's introduction to the transfer of undertakings
- Your school joint consulative negotiating committee - why it is important
- Guidance for AMiE members on academy status and the TUC model recognition agreement
- ATL factsheet on leaving an academy and continuous service
You can also see ATL's recognition agreements and policies with exisitings academies.
Need further advice?
Your first point of contact is your ATL/AMiE rep in your school or college. Your local ATL/AMiE branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact AMiE's member advisors on tel: 0345 8118111 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.