edapt is an organisation set up by teachers and education sector professionals, supported by an expert board of directors with over 50 years of combined education experience.
"Those involved in edapt are teaching professionals through-and-through, who have an in-depth understanding of the detail of the challenges facing teachers at all levels of experience."
John Roberts, Chief Executive
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From our own experience of teaching, and from talking to teacher colleagues and friends, we began to believe that something could change in the way teachers were supported and protected.
"I have seen and experienced the impact on teachers – and on pupils - of politically-motivated dialogue and even disputes, at a staffroom, local and national level. A bit of expert HR advice at the right time could have diffused so many negative situations.”
Emma Whitehead, Director of Policy
Having spent two years researching and developing edapt, we are now able to provide teachers with the option to be free from politics to focus on teaching. If personal or school circumstances or the stage in a teachers’ career make it their preference, or if a teacher is content with just knowing they’ll be protected in times of need, they can now subscribe to a service that offers neutral, professional and individual support.
Our experiences and research have shown us that insurance is not enough. We understand that teachers do need the HR support that is available in most other workplaces, and to understand how they are protected by employment law.
“Some of the regulations governing the employment status of teachers can be complex. I think the difference in acting for a teacher as opposed to another client is the fact that teaching is so often more than a job.”
Jonathan Holden, Associate Solicitor, Employment, Forbes Solicitors
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Sir Iain Hall, Chair: Sir Iain Hall has been a highly successful head teacher for over 40 years. He has been instrumental in developing and delivering leadership programmes in the education sector including Teach First and Future Leaders. He was knighted in 2002 for his services to education.
Adam Nichols, Vice Chair: Adam has been Chief Executive of Change Makers since 2004. He has helped to shape many key youth and education policy developments, such as the rollout of citizenship and enterprise education in schools, and has advised both the current and previous prime ministers on youth policy.
Mike Wey, Finance: Mike is a qualified accountant and experienced senior Finance Manager / Director with 37 years’ experience in the UK electricity industry and local government.
John Roberts, Chief Executive: As a science and maths teacher and Director of Standards at a secondary school in the North West, John’s work was credited by Ofsted as being one of the “crucial factors contributing to the school's promising position". John has designed an online behaviour and rewards system which is now being used commercially in a number of schools in the North West.
Scott Mackenzie, Director of Operations: Scott has worked as a consultant for over 8 years and has extensive experience working with a range of organisations across many different sectors.
About our Service
- Phone line for employment advice
- Unlimited personal employment and casework support
- Legal representation for employment or criminal cases
- Up to £50,000 of tribunal or legal costs
- Opportunities to engage with objective education sector research
- Panels and discussions with other teachers and policy makers
- Regular, unbiased, sector news and review
- Access to our 1% of revenue fund which provides funding for teacher led professional development projects
For teachers and teaching assistants in all types of schools in England and Wales.