Stop the victimisations at Leaways Special School

Paul Brosnan, CEO, Kedleston Group

Several members and reps of the NEU have been subjected to unfair and abusive use of disciplinary processes at Leaways Special School, part of the profit-making company, Kedleston Group. This includes the sacking of the elected NEU rep just for criticising the head teacher in a meeting.  


The standards set out by ACAS have not been met in recent disciplinary action taken by Kedleston against NEU members. Given that all the staff members who have been disciplined have taken part in industrial action over pay, sick pay and staffing levels to meet pupil needs, this appears to be a clear case of trade union victimisation.

Leaways School charges local authorities over £50,000 per child per year, and in 2018 Kedleston Group made over £4million profit from the special schools and care homes they run. Despite this, staff faced only a 1% pay rise this year, and Kedleston refuse to offer more than 7 days sick pay.  

By attacking staff, sacking an excellent teacher, and failing to improve the conditions for staff at the school, Kedleston Group are ultimately failing the pupils in their care at Leaways.

We are calling on Kedleston Group to:
  • Reinstate the NEU rep & cease action against all those facing disciplinary proceedings.
  • Negotiate new, fairer disciplinary policies that meet ACAS guidelines
  • Implement the national pay increase for all Leaways staff and negotiate an improved sick pay policy
  • Ensure safe staff levels to deliver the best for our young people.
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To: Paul Brosnan, CEO, Kedleston Group
From: [Your Name]

We are deeply concerned at the unfair and abusive use of disciplinary processes against several members of the National Education Union at Leaways Special School, part of your profit-making company, Kedleston Group. This includes the sacking of the elected NEU rep, just for criticising the head teacher in a meeting.

We call on you to reinstate the rep, to withdraw all outstanding disciplinaries against NEU members, negotiate new disciplinary procedures in line with ACAS recommendations, and improve pay, sick pay and staffing levels at Leaways.