The NASUWT met with Paradigm MAT during the Spring and Summer term 2016 to continue our negotiations to work collaboratively in developing a new framework for negotiation and consultation.

The Trust have confirmed they will retain the status quo, where all existing policies that were negotiated with Suffolk County Council (SCC), Tower Hamlets and the Learning Schools Trust (LST) will continue to be used where appropriate. In addition, Paradigm will continue to support facility time arrangements by paying in to local authority pots.

Policies and procedures update

The Trust is looking to harmonise policies and procedures and has been consulting on the following:

  • Disciplinary policy
  • Grievance policy
  • Trade Union Recognition Agreement (TURA)

Both the Disciplinary and Grievance policies have been the subject of detailed discussions with the NASUWT. As a result, the union secured significant improvements on behalf of our members, particularly for those employed on LST contracts.

Further comments have since been received from the NASUWT and we are awaiting a response from the Trust. The NASUWT has reserved judgement until the revisions have been made and distributed.

The next meet will be on 28th September 2016 at Ipswich Academy where the agenda will cover the TURA, pay and appraisal and equalities data and pay.

The NASUWT will arrange meetings with all NASUWT members at your school on request. If you need professional advice, either individually or collectively you should contact the NASUWT. You can contact your local, federation or negotiating secretary for advice as well as your NASUWT regional centre.

The NASUWT also has a new service called the Member Support Advice (MSA) Team that provides professional advice on telephone number 03330 145550. They will provide you with telephone numbers and which of the above would be your appropriate point of contact as well as providing instant advice.

As your National Negotiating Official and representative at all meetings with Paradigm MAT, please contact me for advice at

Teachers' Cost of Living Pay Award 2015-16

The Paradigm Trust have agreed to pay 1% uplift to all Paradigm teachers across all points on all scales in addition to 2% for M6.