Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The Government must heed the Select Committee’s warnings. Too many MATs have grown too quickly and have proved themselves unable to provide effective and timely support to their schools. The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) own research shows that over half the MATs under, or seriously underperform at GCSE level.
Mouldy carpets, leaking roofs, no heating, unsafe cookers and broken computers must be addressed by Whitehaven Academy sponsors the Bright Tribe Trust to avoid strike action by ATL members.
It has been confirmed that the area review process will be the means by which applications for academy status by SFCs will be considered, following the chancellor's announcement in the spending review that sixth form colleges (SFCs) could apply to become academies.
At a time when we have a lack of school places, qualification chaos, a lack of school leaders and head teachers, a teacher recruitment and retention crisis, as well as a crisis in teacher workload, ATL is concerned that the government is focusing on the type of schools and who runs them with this rush to academisation rather than trying to address these issues which will have a direct impact on children's education.
Following the Academies Bill in 2010, unions representing the school workforce came together to prepare resources for schools.
Whether your school is considering academy status, has already been given the go-ahead to convert, or is already an academy, ATL has produced resources to support you in your role as ATL rep.
This document is intended as a checklist for school reps (and others) where a school expresses an interest in becoming an academy. The checklist details what steps to take to oppose the change of status and how to protect members' interests if the academy goes ahead.
Once a school has become an academy, it is vital that ATL members continue to promote the rights and working conditions of members within the school, and share information with their colleagues.