Teachers and parents celebrate after academy bosses sign deal


Trade unions are to be recognised at a Gloucestershire school after a campaign by teachers and parents.

Whitecross School in Lydney was taken over in the summer by Prospects Group, which said it planning to freeze out trade unions because it did not “see the need” for them.

But following a two-month campaign organised by the NUT, the employer last week signed a national agreement with the relevant unions.

The campaign also resulted in assurances for parents over admissions and the non-sale of playing fields.

NUT senior organiser Hannah Packham said: “We welcome the fact that Prospects have recognised the need to engage with the trade unions at Whitecross having previously been reluctant to do so in a meaningful way.

“The signing of a national agreement will bring benefits and greater protection to those working in Prospect schools across the country. We must pay tribute to the staff, parents and community for their campaign, helping to secure meaningful consultation and valuable assurances on playing fields, admissions and staff conditions”.


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