NEU help and advice pages comprise FAQs and other guidance which address common employment workplace issues and are entirely problem focused.

They are not intended as a substitute for telephone or face-to-face advice, but are additional to the support provided by school and college reps, districts, regional offices and our offices in Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you require more detailed advice, or are unable to find the answers you are looking for, contact Adviceline.


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Racism

  • The legal definitions of race discrimination, who is protected, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definition of racial harassment, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to racial harassment.


Recognition agreements


Redundancy

  • Common questions that arise when a member of staff is selected for redundancy.
  • Advice explaining the payments and entitlements you may receive if your post becomes redundant. In any case where redundancy is threatened, specific advice and assistance is available and should be sought from your school/college rep or division/association/branch secretary.


Redundancy and restructure

  • Common questions that arise when a member of staff is selected for redundancy.
  • What settlement agreements are, when and why they are used, and the implications of signing one.
  • This guidance supplements the NEU factsheet 'Redundancy, pay and entitlements' and provides members with an explanation of the circumstances in which the four-week rule will apply.


Religion and belief


Retirement

  • The Teachers’ Pension Scheme will provide much of your retirement income so it is vital that you understand it. This guidance covers the career average section of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) in which most members are accruing pension.

  • Guide for teachers and other school staff who wish to continue working beyond age 65
  • An overview of the Local Government Pension Scheme, introduced in 2014


Rights and conditions

  • What are the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 and what protection do they offer supply teachers?

  • Details about your employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Details about your employment rights under the Red Book as well as the minimum rights you are entitled to under general employment law.
  • Details of your statutory rights as an employee in the Further education sector. 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.
  • Your rights to ask for flexible working, i.e. a change in your terms and conditions relating to the hours you work, the times you work or whether you work at home for all or part of the week. You are encouraged to take informal steps before using the statutory procedure.

  • The duty to make reasonable adjustments requires school and college leaders to proactively identify barriers (both physical and attitudinal) to the inclusion of disabled people in the workplace.

  • As well as statutory maternity rights, most teachers are also covered by the maternity rights scheme for teachers, set out in the Burgundy Book national agreement on conditions of service.

  • Issues which often arise in relation to medical assessments at work.
  • Some of the most common issues arising in relation to medical reports prepared by GPs, occupational health physicians and other health professionals on behalf of employers, pension scheme trustees and health insurers.
  • An introduction to the pay and conditions arrangements of part time teachers
  • Details of how academies and trusts set pay scales and what pay and conditions arrangements are in place in these workplaces.
  • Answers to the most commonly asked questions about job references.
  • What settlement agreements are, when and why they are used, and the implications of signing one.
  • Supply teachers who are in a 'pool' maintained by a LA, those located through the school's own contacts, or part-timers who wish to temporarily increase their hours, are likely to be employees of the school or LA for their period of supply work.
  • An initial section of guidance on term-time working has now been agreed between the local government employers and the recognised trade unions
  • The purpose of this advice is to summarise teachers’ conditions of service, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).