As the number of academies and multi-academy trusts changes the shape of education, the NEU must build a strong collective presence in each and every academy. Strong school or college union groups will be necessary to ensure terms and conditions are protected.

The NEU's aim is a representative in every workplace. Whether your school or college becomes a stand-alone academy, a sponsored academy or joins a multi-academy trust, the union wants to help you at work.

This toolkit offers practical guidance, tools and arguments to promote members’ interests and strengthen the union in the course of a transfer to a new employer or for members in an academy.   

Steps to building a collective voice in your school or college:
•    involve members at all stages of the transfer to a new employer
•    encourage members to take an active role in the Union
•    identify staff who are not in a union and ask them to join the NEU
•    talk to representatives of the other unions in your school or college
•    stay in touch with other representatives if your school or college is part of a federation or group of schools or colleges converting
•    contact representatives in other institutions if your school or college is to be sponsored by another school, college, group of schools or multi-academy trust
•    ask management to clarify any issue you or your members are uncertain about during the transfer; it is important for members’ rights that any ambiguities are cleared up
•    be robust in defending your members’ interests, and always put your representations in writing
•    have the NEU’s aims and objectives contained in this document clear in your mind so you know what you want during and after the change of employer
•    keep in touch with your branch secretary and other NEU colleagues throughout the process

Academy transfer

Working together can ensure that staff have their rights and conditions protected during a transfer to a new employer.

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    Preparing for a transfer: Academy toolkit

    The process of transferring staff from one employer to another (eg an academy) is governed by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 ( TUPE).

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    What is TUPE about?

    TUPE is shorthand for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection and Employment) Regulations 2006, a legal framework around which you can involve and engage members to act collectively to protect and advance their rights as they transfer to a new employer.

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