Dear Stephen, At the request of a number of staff our Headteacher has asked the GB to formally recognise a number of teaching and staff unions. Governors have been presented with a document to sign that sets out the relationship between the unions and the school. The GB doesn't oppose the recognition of unions but we feel unable to scrutinise the document presented to us since staff have a legal right to be represented by a union. Is there anything that the governors should be looking out for? Is there any room for manoeuvre or negotiation? Why would an academy have a Trade Union Recognition Agreement? I can't find any information about this elsewhere on The Key or internet. Thanks.