BDAT Contract Consultation

BDAT Contract Consultation – the final outcome November 2018

In Autumn 2018, the Board consulted on a series of proposed changes to staff contracts.

Following a meeting of the Board in November 2018, the Board has now published a document detailing the changes which we now propose to move ahead with. We hope that whilst there are still some changes being implemented, staff will note that employee feedback has been carefully considered in the final contracts being adopted and many changes have been made since the start of the consultation in response to staff comments.

BDAT Contract Consultation Outcome Nov 2018 v2

New contracts are listed below:

In considering the changes, the Board has listened to staff views and the comments made by unions. Where we have felt changes could be made in light of feedback, we listened and those changes have been made. Where the Board felt changes were important – because they produced cost savings, secured jobs or addressed areas schools have told us current terms are problematic – those changes have remained.

Crucially it is important to note we are not the first Academy Chain to vary from elements of national terms and conditions – far from it. To get a comparison of how these terms compare to what other Trusts have changed please visit

We have consulted regularly with unions on the proposed changes. Please find below a copy of the Board’s latest response to the unions.

BDAT response to union Nov 18 letter V2 26.11.18

Unfortunately at this time we have failed to agree some of the terms within the contracts with unions as they are simply unable to endorse any change from the national terms within teaching or non-teaching staff contracts. As a Board this outcome is disappointing as we entered the process as a genuine consultation and feel we have moved significantly from our original position and contract terms and would have hoped to reach a middle ground. Both parties are now formally considering whether to request ACAS conciliation to try and agree the last outstanding areas in dispute. We understand union reps will be contacting their members directly to seek their views on the latest documentation

Next steps

If we are unable to reach further agreement, the Trust intends to issue staff new contracts for signing in the new year mirroring the ones which we have currently made available online.

We will be inviting all staff who still have concerns the opportunity for a one-to-one consultation meeting with either a School Leader, Trust Leader or Governor to discuss any concerns you may still have. If you would like to register for a one-to-one, please email

In the meantime we do urge staff to take the time to look at the contract versions which are on this web page and continue to take the time to ask any questions you may have, either through the consultation inbox or by speaking to your Business Manager.

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