All schools and academies have a statutory duty to allow staff who are lay trade union representatives to take time off to fulfil their trade union functions, and to undertake appropriate training.
This services enables schools to meet their legal obligations while sharing the costs fairly between all Portsmouth schools and academies, irrespective of which school employs the representatives. Contributions are pooled and used to provide back fill supply cover in accordance with the budget agreed with local union secretaries.
This approach also removes the need for individual schools/academies to negotiate trade union facilities arrangements for each union with membership at the relevant Academy school.
Portsmouth City Council has a teacher trade union recognition agreement with for the following unions; NUT, NASUWT, ASCL, ATL, NAHT, VOICE.