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Acas guidance for academies and free schools

The next few years will be an interesting and challenging period for the education sector as the Government progresses with its academies and free schools programmes. For many school leaders this means becoming employers for the first time. Many may choose to buy employment related services from local authorities, or use commercial organisations. Some will have experienced sponsors they can turn to for help, but others will want to handle employment matters themselves. School leaders, local authorities, trade unions and sponsors can all benefit from help from Acas.

Acas has consulted with the teaching unions and understands that whilst they are opposed to the Government's strategy, once an academy is established they recognise that many of their members now work in academies and free schools, and that they therefore need to work with the new system where appropriate to ensure that they represent their members. They are also supportive of independent guidance on good practice from Acas being provided for academies and free schools including on trade union recognition.

As an authority on change management and employment relations, Acas is in a position to offer independent help to deal with the issues thrown up by a transition to academy status, or the establishment of a free school.

We keep ourselves up to date on the latest developments through our links with the Department of Education, schools and the education Trade Unions. The breadth and depth of our expertise puts us in a unique position to help you establish and maintain good employment relations from the start.

Why call Acas?

You can trust Acas. We have a reputation for impartiality and independence. You can talk to us in confidence and we will help you and your workforce find solutions. You don't have to be in dispute. We don't impose decisions on you. We have over 35 years experience in helping organisations reach long lasting solutions to employment relations issues. This includes extensive experience working with a wide range of schools across Great Britain.

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How Acas has helped others

Over the past three years Acas has provided advisory support and assistance to a number of education sector customers.

Our regionally based Advisers have offered advice and business support and acted as a 'critical friend' on hundreds of occasions to organisations across Great Britain.

Our open access training courses attract more than 10,000 delegates each year from a variety of sectors. We deliver a wide range of workplace project, training and advisory based services within the NHS every year. Topics cover the breadth of employment relations issues.

Our free and confidential helpline receives over a million calls each year.

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Contact Acas customer services team today on 0300 123 1150 to arrange a free consultation with an Acas advisor. Our advisor will talk through your issues and help you to plan the way forward for your organisation.

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