The School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and the Burgundy Book are the two main sources of conditions of service for teachers.

Rights and conditions
School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document

This sets out provisions on teachers’ professional duties, working time and cover and is determined by the Government taking into account recommendations made by the School Teachers’ Review Body.

Teachers who are employed by a local authority or by the governing body of a foundation or voluntary aided school are covered by STPCD and Burgundy Book conditions, as are many teachers working in academies.

Pay
The Burgundy Book

A handbook detailing all the national conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales, covering additional terms including notice periods, retirement, sick pay, maternity and other leave and insurance provisions. 

Other staff in schools

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    Support staff pay scales and conditions

    There are no national pay scales for support staff employed in the state sector. But most LA schools use the local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

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    Soulbury officers

    Information on pay and conditions for Soulbury paid officers in England and Wales.

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    Supply teacher rights

    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.

By workplace

Supply and part-time

  • Advice Man writing on a blackboard
    Supply teacher rights

    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.