People already in a school that changes to an Academy may well have different T&C from those who join once it is an Academy. There are quite a lot of Academies who no longer provide the STPCD (Burgundy Book) conditions. http://www.teachers.org.uk/files/active/0/Burgundy%20Book%20-%20July%2008%20-%20for%20Hearth.pdf I know some Academies which do not follow the STPCD, but have very similar T&C. However, you should read the Union sites where they put their views. http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/10584 ATL Academies checklist - Feb 2012 Best wishes _______________________________________ TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service. For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact email@example.com for one-to-one sessions. I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT seminar on 5th May.