Star pledges support for Valued Workers Scheme

The Trust has pledged its support to the Valued Workers Scheme which aims to improve the wellbeing of the UK’s education workforce, and is being jointly promoted by the NASUWT, GMB, Unison and Unite.

The Valued Workers Scheme was launched at the NASUWT’s annual conference in Birmingham over the Easter weekend. The scheme recognises and supports good employment relations in schools and colleges and aims to share good practice.

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, the Trust’s Chief Executive, said:

“As a growing multi-academy trust with over 1,500 staff across over 20 schools, we recognise the importance of helping our employees to feel valued. As such, we are proud to have been involved in the Valued Workers Scheme launch at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference.

“We have committed to treating staff at all levels fairly, offering opportunities for professional development, providing good levels of pay, and supporting staff wellbeing in return for the hard work and dedication they show to their respective schools and academies.”

The Trust has committed to treat all its employees fairly, equitably and consistently by recognising the six principles of the Valued Workers Scheme:
• enabling all employees to have a safe, secure and enjoyable working environment
• ensuring the wellbeing and dignity at work of all employees
• providing CPD for all employees
• providing good pay and conditions which include a commitment to the living wage
• having formal agreed mechanisms for consultation and negotiation, working in partnership with employees and trade unions
• ensuring policy development and working practices are informed by the use of information and evidence.

The Trust has also set out its workforce priorities for the year ahead to enhance its delivery of scheme principles.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“We know that there are many employers who are committed to providing improved working conditions for their employees and this scheme aims to recognise them, support them to continue to improve workforce relations and promote their good practice to other schools and colleges.

“Employers that value and respect their staff benefit from increased productivity, increased employee morale and lower staff turnover rates. Valuing the workforce is a win/win for everyone.”

Our Executive Director of Education Lisa Crausby features in the video that helped launch the Valued Worker Scheme. She said:

“We recognise that if we have well paid, well looked after, happy staff then we will achieve our social and academic goals for our young people.”


Pictured at the launch of the Valued Workers Scheme are (left to right): Russ Walters, Chair of the NASUWT Health and Safety Committee; Faizal Musa, Head of Human Resources at Star Academies; Gill Ogilvie, GMB Regional Organiser for Birmingham and Solihull; Jon Richards, UNISON National Secretary for Education and Children’s Services; and Dan McCarthy, President of the NASUWT


Added By: Claire Tulloch | Date Added: 5th Apr 2018 | Posted In:

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