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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by kirkdax, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. kirkdax

    kirkdax New commenter

    Has anyone had any experience with working for Academies Enterprise Trust?

    Do they follow the Burgandy Book?

    I'd be grateful to hear of your experiences.
  2. livingstone83

    livingstone83 Occasional commenter

    No, no experience here.

    Though I do tend to avoid any school with the word 'Trust', 'Enterprise' or 'Academy' in its title like I would avoid the plague.... or a Friday night in Doncaster.
  3. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    I don't think we could answer this without breaking TES T&C.
    But I think livingstone has a good warning about places to avoid for a good night out!
    I've never been to Doncaster personally, and I am sure there are many that love it.
    We are all different.
    The secret is, know what you want for a good night, and what you might consider to be negotiable.
  4. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Very clever post;)
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  5. GreenTrees123

    GreenTrees123 Occasional commenter

    All academy/free school chains are quite rightly not obliged to follow the burgundy book. This means we are free to innovate and look at different ways of of using our resources.

    We have contracts in place for staff at my place that ensure they are able to meet the needs of parents and pupils in an agile, flexible and efficient manner.
  6. HolyMahogany

    HolyMahogany Senior commenter

    From your profile you are not new to teaching so I assume that you have already done some research. Remember that while things may be improving with this organisation there is still progress to be made. You can negotiate for the pay and conditions you want, academies have lots of money regardless of what they may claim. I base this on the assumption that an organisation that can pay its CEO's 200K + with 20%+ annual pay rises clearly has plenty of money. If they say differently then don't waste time on them. If you take the job and it doesn't work out then move on ASAP. Remember if they decide to get rid of you they won't show you any loyalty. It is just a job.
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  7. letap

    letap Occasional commenter

    In your case:
    1. Fleece the British Taxpayer.
    2. Have a fund to cover the inevitable litigation you will face from the poor provision you provide.
  8. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    You posted at 12:31 - scary oh, @GreenTrees123 .....
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  9. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    The vast majority of Single and multi academy trusts adhere to STPCD, which is what really matters.

    Haven’t heard the ‘burgundy book’ mentioned for years! (Will it be blue now like our passports...?)
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  10. install

    install Star commenter

    A wind up imho - :rolleyes:
    a1976 likes this.
  11. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    It gets mentioned on threads here nearly every week, quoted from, links posted to it......:)
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2020
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  12. a1976

    a1976 Established commenter

    What they meant to say was, we only pay teachers who kiss our backsides with rewarding salaries and promote them to top levels of 'management'. I've worked in an AET academy as a teacher and some as a supply teacher. Let me tell you, staff retentions was awful. Senior leaders were all 23-27 years old who were clueless about how to run a school, yet they were the ones leading the sinking ship. Several academies were taken out of the AET chain over the last four years. These people haven't a clue how to budget for education. Those at the top couldn't work hard if they tried.

    At the academy I worked at as a full-time teacher from 2009-2012, those who rose to the top were the PE staff (all young). Those who rose to middle leaders were again, PE staff who were in their late 30s and 40s. Many of those who became part of the SLT after the school became part of the AET were people from a nearby Building Schools for the Future school (failing one at that, and was opened by Blair) that merged with another school to form the AET.
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  13. michelle_turner57

    michelle_turner57 New commenter

    I know of one that does appear to have a staff retention issue
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  14. a1976

    a1976 Established commenter

    Very likely the one I used to work at. This one has a certain group of 'in' staff members that will never go anywhere, stick together, and make sure that no positive changes take place at the academy. They know all the parents of the troublemakers which is why nothing can ever change in terms of behaviour or staff morale. In other words, there were (and apparently still are) a handful of people including pastoral staff that think the school belongs to them and the AET never does anything about it. In fact, I think the AET are afraid of them, which shows how spineless the people who run this trust really are. These "in" teachers chased away or arranged for any principal or leader who comes in wanting to make a difference in behaviour leave. They've had three different principals in the last three years. A few of those 'in' teachers left for other schools once they found out they actually had to do some work. The others are tied to the community and are too insecure to leave it, so they consider the academy to be theirs. One of these 'in' teachers somehow has his fingers in management and worms his way into leadership positions. He's affiliated with year sevens and is on the governing body. But this teacher can't progress any further because he's not a fully qualified teacher and no other school would have him.
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