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Monday 26 September 2011

Who pays for redundancies in Academies?

From Pete

If an Academy makes people redundant, who pays – the Academy, the Council or the DfE?

6 answers – add yours below

  1. London school worker said:

    The kids pay for redundancies – they have fewer teachers and support staff at their school.

    The redundant staff pay for redundancies by losing their jobs and income.

    The staff who remain at the school pay for redundancies – they have to work even harder and longer hours to try to fill the gaps left by their departed workmates.

    26 September 2011 at 12:43pm
  2. AAA office said:

    This is what we have heard. Anyone heard different?

    If an Academy has redundancies it can apply to the DfE to contribute towards the costs of TUPE’d staff redundancy costs.

    Note it is only APPLY and they will not contribute towards any enhanced redundancy and may not also only pay actual salary – they may also only contribute the statutory amount.

    DfE will NOT pay for any pension costs after 55 – so for TUPE’d staff the Academy must pay the shortfall, if the DfE contributes at all!

    As for staff finding themselves redundant who work in an Academy – non tuped staff – any redundancy costs will have to be met by the Academy!

    Another reason not to leave the LA?

    27 September 2011 at 1:59pm
  3. Debs said:

    There is an academy in Greater Manchester that is looking at redundancies. They opened in September 2008 and the majority of staff TUPed across although some TLRs were only safeguarded for three years. 18 months ago a new principal (who had been trained by one of the education consultants employed by the academy sponsor) was appointed. He is now looking at making a number of staff redundant. He is targetting those staff whose TLR safeguarding expired in August of this year….hence making their redundancy costs considerably cheaper. I suspect that this wil become a model amongst many academies.

    28 September 2011 at 9:57pm
  4. David said:

    Yes, academies (and their budgets) will have to pay.

    However, this is unfortunately becoming more common for local authority schools as well. The authority where I work has now made it much harder for their own schools to get support for redundancy costs, and are saying that schools should bear the costs themselves as they are making the savings.

    23 November 2011 at 11:17pm
  5. klaus.c said:

    I would imagine it depends on who the teacher has to signed their contract with as a teacher may have signed a contract before the school was transformed into the academy status.

    I do think that the devil is in the details so my opinion will not suffice.

    It seems that with the current economy conditions, “privatisation” of schools into academies is the solution to cut down budget deficit to create a better looking balance sheet for the government isn’t it?

    In order to acheive this, the society has to sacrifice a structured education system into a corporate style venture.

    Children are the future of our society and if cuts have to be made, I would think that they should be the last ones to suffer.

    How sad that a policy as such has been adopted to these school children who is not yet mature enough to speak for themselves with respect of the choice of education they are expected receive!

    6 December 2011 at 1:45pm
  6. Jane said:

    klaus.c: unfortunately, I don’t think it has anything to do with cutting costs, unless it is by enabling more unqualified staff to be used at lower wages. Fragmenting the education system, via academies and ‘free’ schools, is escalating costs. However, those costs are not being spent in the classroom.

    As for redundancies, the DfE has covered some costs of converted schools making redundancies. I haven’t heard of local authorities covering them recently, although Westminster did when North Westminster closed but then they offered voluntary redundancy to those staff who didn’t wish to transfer.

    6 December 2011 at 2:16pm

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