Question: I want to come and work for the Trust but I currently work for a maintained school in a Local Authority. Will I lose my continuous service?
Answer: No, the Trust recognises and protects continuous service with those organisations currently listed on the redundancy modification order. Service is protected for the purposes of sick pay, annual leave, occupational maternity pay and redundancy.
Question: What is the difference between working for a Local Authority and working for the Trust?
Response: Moving to Northern Education Trust has a number of advantages. The main one is that you get to work in a collaborative environment with other Academies that all have greater autonomy. The increased flexibility we have means that our Principals can direct funding in a way that best meets the needs of the students.
As a member of staff you also benefit from greater opportunities for professional development and promotion as you will be working with other professionals in our family of schools across the northern region.
Question: If I was successful would I be subject to a probationary period?
Answer: No, the Trust does not operate a probationary period. Performance is managed via the appraisal process for both teachers and support staff.
Question: I understand that Multi Academy Trusts do not have to use the national conditions of service for teachers or support staff. Will my terms and conditions of employment be worse?
Answer: No. It is correct that Multi Academy Trusts are not bound by national conditions. However, we adhere to the Burgundy Book and the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document for teachers and NJC conditions and the Green Book for support staff.
Question: What about my pension?
Response: Your pension is exactly the same with the Trust as if you were working for a Local Authority. Teachers are automatically entered into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and support staff are entered into the Local Government Pension Scheme. Under current legislation, you can choose to opt out of the pension scheme if you wish.
Question: Will I be able to join a union?
Response: Of course. The Trust has a national recognition agreement with the major unions (NASUWT, NUT, ATL, NAHT, ASCL, GMB, UNISON, UNITE). Senior leaders of the Trust meet regularly with these unions through their Joint Consultative Committee to consult on policy. VOICE the union is also recognised at local level. Employees are encouraged to join a union.