Payout to teachers after school becomes Academy
Twenty-eight teaching staff at a secondary school have received a payout from Cornwall Council after it failed to provide the necessary information when the school took on academy status.
The council had appealed after an Employment Tribunal agreed it had not provided staff at Pool Academy with essential information regarding the legal, social and economic implications of the transfer. These included the effect on teachers' continuity of service, the fact protection of statutory terms and conditions of employment would be removed and that terms and conditions of transferring teachers would no longer or only partly be determined by national or collective agreement.
However, an Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld the decision of the original tribunal to award the staff, all members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), six weeks' pay.
Andy Woolley, NUT South West regional secretary, said: "It is essential that teachers are told how the change to academy status will affect their terms and conditions as there are a number of detrimental impacts on their terms and conditions."
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Pool Business and Enterprise College took on academy status in April 2011. After the transfer the NUT submitted a claim to an Employment Tribunal stating the council had failed to inform and consult under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) talks.
A council spokeswoman said: "The council is disappointed with the decision by the Employment Tribunal. However we have now reviewed and revised our processes."