The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) has pledged its support to Nottingham Education Improvement Board’s Fair Workload Agreement.
The Trust, which employs over 2,000 staff will:
- Ensure staff have a fair and reasonable workload;
- Provide high quality training and professional development opportunities through the Greenwood Learning Alliance that meet the needs of individual members of staff;
- Offer competitive and attractive pay and rewards packages; and
- Prohibit the use of ‘probationary period type’ contracts for qualified teachers in academies.
The Trust prides itself on being an inclusive organisation that embraces and celebrates diversity by effectively educating all children and young people in the communities it serves. This inclusivity also extends to the Trust’s staff - every individual employee is valued and belongs.
This academic year the Trust has launched the Greenwood Learning Alliance which demonstrates its commitment to its employees. All educational professionals working at the Trust have access to a ‘core offer’ which is funded by the Trust. This includes a NQT Development Programme, a Developing Teacher Programme, a Middle Leadership Programme and Leadership Conferences.
Ged Rae, Lead Principal of the Nottingham Academy, said: “Our highly skilled, well trained and ambitious staff are our number one resource. At Nottingham Academy we are committed to providing an inspirational working environment, high quality professional development and excellent progression opportunities for all of our employees. This agreement fully supports our aims“
Peter Holyk, Principal of the Nottingham Girls’ Academy, said: “We have a professional, dedicated and inspirational workforce and by investing in staff at all levels; providing them with a stimulating and exciting workplace, the best possible opportunities for development and progression demonstrates our pledge not only support the Fair Workload Agreement but also our commitment to providing the best possible education for every child and young person in Nottingham.“
Whilst the Trust is one of Nottingham’s Top 200 Companies, it also has staff working in academies in Leicester, Mansfield, Skegness, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Houghton Regis, Northampton and Peterborough. The CEO is visiting all the regions this term to talk directly with staff about the issues of workload.
Wayne Norrie, Chief Executive, said: “Our staff are our most important asset – whether they are teachers, support staff in academies or support staff in our Central Team. We are totally committed to making the Trust a great place to work and investing in peoples’ futures by providing strong professional development opportunities.
“Many of our academies operate in areas of disadvantage and so we know how hard it is to recruit and then retain staff. In addition, recruitment for all posts on the East Coast is incredibly challenging due to geography. However, we have been successful at spotting talent and growing our own.
“We are totally committed to the principles outlined in Nottingham EIBs Fair Workload Agreement and hope that many more schools and academies across the city participate in order to make a real difference to the working lives of many people.”