In some cases, your contract will provide you with better terms and conditions and, if this is the case, those better terms and conditions will apply.
The main differences between teaching in state and independent schools?
Independent schools are not obliged to follow the pay and conditions of service agreed for teachers in LA maintained schools, although some choose to do so. Your pay and conditions of service in such schools are likely to depend to a considerable extent on the results of negotiation between you and the employer.
Your right to a statement of particulars of employment
Your employer has a legal duty to give you a written statement of the particulars of your employment within two months of you starting your job. The statement should contain, for example, your hours of work, holiday entitlement, place of work, etc. Your pay and on what basis it is calculated if you are a part-time teacher, should also be included. Your employer should also state the title of your job and a brief description of the work for which you are employed.
Your 'contract of employment' is comprised of the written statement of the particulars of employment together with (depending on individual circumstances) the letter of appointment, and other particulars of your employment that are provided to you in instalments or contained in separate collective agreements. All of these might be contained or referred to in a contract of employment that you and your employer sign.