The staff and governors of The Pinnacle Learning Trust seek to run all aspects of Trust business and activity with full regard for high standards of conduct and integrity. In the event that an employee of the Trust becomes aware of activities which give cause for concern, the Trust has established the following whistleblowing policy, or code of practice, which acts as a framework to allow concerns to be raised confidentially and provides for a thorough and appropriate investigation of the matter to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.
Throughout the policy, the term whistleblower denotes the person raising the concern or making the complaint. It is not meant in a pejorative sense and is entirely consistent with the terminology used by Lord Nolan as recommended in the Second Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life: Local Spending Bodies published in May 1996.
Concerns about wrongdoing within the Trust or any of its Academies, such as fraud, malpractice, mismanagement, breach of health and safety law or any other illegal or unethical act, either on the part of management, the Governing Body or by fellow employees should be raised using this procedure. Complaints relating to your personal circumstances in the workplace should be dealt with under the Academy grievance procedures.
The Pinnacle Learning Trust is committed to creating a climate of trust and openness so that a person who has a genuine concern or suspicion can raise the matter with full confidence that the matter will be appropriately considered and resolved. Individuals raising a concern can do so without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage.