Education unions representing staff at Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) – the largest academy chain in the UK – are today (Wednesday) launching a ballot asking if employees have confidence in the trust’s leadership. The move comes after AET failed to listen to staff concerns over proposed cutbacks and restructuring. The changes will put the wellbeing […]
The UK’s largest academy chain faces a potential dispute with seven education unions over job cuts, low wages and outsourcing.
UNISON is organising meetings and support after Cheshire academy chain announced 43 redundancies at seven schools across the county
Support workers, teaching staff and leadership unions unite in campaign over threat of redundancies
Friday 26 August 2016 For immediate release Responding to the Local Government Association call for councils to have oversight of academy school finances, UNISON national secretary for education Jon Richards said: “UNISON has raised cases of suspected financial irregularity with the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency and the National Audit Office, all of which […]
Leaders of academy schools are spending taxpayers’ money
Debates see delegates back a range of measures on pay, academies, funding and much more
Commenting on the news today (Friday) that the government has abandoned its plans to force all maintained schools still linked to local authorities to become academies, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “It’s reassuring that ministers have listened to the many arguments put to them and decided against pursing their ill-thought-out plans to force […]
140 jobs under threat at six schools in Harlow will put ‘the quality of children’s education at risk’ warns union
More than 140,000 people have signed a petition against forcing all local authority schools to become academies – why not join them?
Government plans to force 17,000 schools in England to become academies opposed by unions, educators and politicians, including leading Conservative voices
Commenting on the education select committee report on the role of regional schools commissioners, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “UNISON has long said that the removal of school provision, planning and support from local government creates a multitude of problems. “Today’s report makes clear that the committee has serious concerns about the performance of […]
IPPR report supports union view that Education and Adoption Bill will see resources spent on admin, contracts and legal advice
A change of boss turned Karen Williamson’s working life upside down. Her UNISON rep, Mary Pearson, helped her find the right way up…
‘We did not start this attack on school support staff, but we need to defend them by organising’