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Becoming an academy- should I ride it?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by MoraMe, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Hi:

    Be great if anyone can advise... Just finishing my NQT year
    in a struggling primary school . Got the job thinking they were on the
    way up. Newish head. However, they scraped satisfactory again in their
    interim inspection..

    So: school's been under a lot of pressure.
    Teaching Year 6, and big focus and big stress to be above floor with the
    KS2 results to prevent special measures etc..Tough for a first year!

    planning to become an academy next year. No sponsor yet. But in
    consultation, I understand that many schools are becoming an academy in
    this county. I think this school decided to become one as a pre-emptive

    Wondering what could this look like, and what could
    happen, and how it may affect me. Don't fully understand academies.But I
    am worried!
    Been some very positive elements to my first year, like
    supportive colleagues/ middle leader and mentor, and learned lots,
    despite it being baptism of fire...

    However, I have issues with the way things are run- the support I get on
    issues such as behaviour. Its been really tiring with lots of
    initiatives that are fired from the hip, without properly assessing,
    prioritising or planning how the teachers can carry out these things in a
    realistic way.
    Should I stay and ride it, especially since other schools are eventually going this way?

    Many thanks!

  2. There is no need for a sponsor. You are thinking of first generation Labour academies (but those were all secondaries anyway.
    Maybe it would be a good first step to research the question then?
    When you have researched academies and have decided that you don't like them, and you can find another job in a non-academy, or if you can afford not to have a job at all, then by all means leave. You might find though that depending on where you live all schools may become academies.

  3. When schools becomne academies, the majority of what you do as a teacher remains unaffected by the status of the school. That said, academies are independent schools and so do not have formal links to the LA anymore. If theywant advise and help- from the LA they must pay for it, so there could be less availabkle in the way of 'free inset'. The main changes to look out for are changes to the terms and conditions of your contract of employment (academies do not have to abide by the school teachers pay and conditions document. Theyt may also have local pay schales and do not have to enrol in the teachers pension scheme. The school can also vary the terms and the teaching hours.
    On its own, a primary is unlikely top vary the terms and hours and become very different from other primaries as this may well upset parents. As for the other things, these are questions to ask if the school decides to convert - as youi say it may be a pre-emptive strike.
    The Sage

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