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Oak Lodge School

Trades Union Facilities Time

Barnet Special Education Trust fully supports Trade Union and Professional Body membership of our staff. We see effective and collaborative partnership working between the Trust and recognised bodies as essential to the successful operation of our schools and establishments. The Trust will always support employees’ participation in official trade union activities in accordance with current regulations.

Oak Lodge School purchases Trade Union Facilities Time as a traded service supplied by Barnet Education and Skills service. This service provides a cost-effective access route for statutory and collective consultation and bargaining through branch officials from the National Education Union, Unison and GMB unions. The arrangement provides access to a framework for academies to manage industrial relations and largely eliminates or at least reduces the need to establish, agree and coordinate release arrangements and paid time off for duties and training.

Trustees have made reference to Statutory Instrument 2017 No. 328, The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 to calculate the details outlined below for the Academy Year 2021-22.

Relevant union officials

Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period

Full-time equivalent employee number



Percentage of time spent on facility time

Percentage of time

Number of employees









Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

Total cost of facility time


Total pay bill


Percentage of total pay bill spent on facility time
(total cost of facility time + total pay bill) x 100



Paid trade union activities

Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours calculated as:
(total hours spent on paid trade union activities by relevant union officials during the relevant period + total paid facility time hours) x 100