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Wednesday 5 October 2011

Who pays the Ferryman

From konfussed:

Who pays the wages of teachers working in academies, local authority or the academy themselves?

Further, which pension fund do they pay into, local authority LGPS or the academies’ own?

3 answers – add yours below

  1. alasdair smith said:

    The academy pays the wages. Teachers remain in the TPS and other staff in the LGPS.
    Interestingly sections of the business community have argued that ‘for profit’ schools will never be viable until the pensions entitlements are watered down. Defending our pensions will help prevent further privatisation.

    7 October 2011 at 10:39am
  2. Steve O'Dare said:

    Teachers are TUPE’d to the academies and are employed by them. Teachers carry their accrued pension benefits with them when TUPE occurs and they remain in their pension schemes. Teachers and non-teaching staff are paid by the academy itself.

    7 October 2011 at 3:05pm
  3. alasdair smith said:

    Steve is formally correct but TUPE offers scant protection. Employers can immediate re-designate teaching and non-posts and require existing postholders to apply for the ‘new’ posts on different conditions. There is also the problem of new staff joining on the new academy conditions. Academies can very quickly develop a ‘two tier’ workforce with staff doing the same work but on different pay & conditions. At the moment pensions are unaffected but sections of the business community are clamouring for this to change. It has also been suggested that requirement to follow TUPE regulations will be watered down in coming years.

    12 October 2011 at 3:31pm

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