St Joseph’s MAT – save your school

A joint union members meeting has been arranged for the 3 March 2022 at 5:00 pm.

The attached flyer gives you more information about what will be discussed during the meeting.

Meeting Details

Please register in advance for this meeting by using the link below:

Register Here

You will also find a copy of a letter that has been sent to the Director of Education for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, voicing the joint unions concerns over the current TUPE process.

Read the Letter


Academisation: What you need to know

YOUR TERMS & CONDITIONS ARE UNDER THREAT

Existing staff may be protected initially by TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment), but new staff may be recruited on worse T&Cs, and we know that the MATs will want to adopt the Catholic Education Service model policies on such things as sickness absence and appraisal which are detrimental in comparison to locally negotiated policies.

MAT CEOs GOBBLE UP SCHOOL FUNDING

2017 DfE data showed that the average teacher salary in academies is less than in LA schools, but that the opposite is true of senior leaders – and many CEOs of MATs are on salaries exceeding £100,000: money that could be flowing into classrooms rather than enriching bureaucrats.

ACADEMIES HAVE LESS FREEDOM THAN MAINTAINED SCHOOLS

Once your school becomes part of a MAT (Multi Academy Trust) it no longer exists as an autonomous body: governing bodies (which include elected staff and parent governors) are replaced by MAT Trustees.

ACADEMY CONVERSION DOES NOT BENEFIT ATTAINMENT

The House of Commons Education Committee itself has found no link between school status & attainment. In fact, evidence shows that disadvantaged pupils in sponsored academies do less well than their peers in maintained schools.

ONCE IT’S GONE, IT’S GONE!

There is no mechanism for an academy to return to local authority control: if an academy is deemed to be failing or underperforming, it may be re-brokered into another academy trust (further unsettling the school community and threatening staff T&Cs all over again as you move to ANOTHER new employer). If a school decides it is unhappy with the MAT it is in, there is no mechanism for that school to unilaterally decide to leave or transfer to another MAT.

IT’S NOT A STRATEGY, IT’S A BRIBE!

The DfE knows it has lost the argument on academies – there is no evidence that academisation has improved education in England but they are ideologically wedded to the academies programme. They have thrown millions of pounds at the Catholic church in a desperate attempt to encourage the expansion of existing MATS and the setting up of new ones. Your school does not have to be swayed by the 30 pieces of silver.