Advice and guidance about your rights at work and the conditions of your employment, including information on maternity and paternity leave, redundancy and workload and key documents including school teachers pay and conditions document, burgundy book etc.

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Key issues

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    Maternity rights

    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.

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    Workload and working time

    The purpose of this advice is to summarise teachers’ conditions of service, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

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    Redundancy pay and entitlements

    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.

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    Notice periods

    This guidance sets out the obligations of employers and employees in relation to notice periods and notice pay.

Specific advice by workplace

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    Academies

    The NEU supports and represents its members in academies in the same way as teachers in local authority maintained schools.

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    Employment rights in the further education sector

    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.

Key documents

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    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.

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    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. 

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    The Green Book

    The national agreement on pay and conditions of service, or ‘The Green Book’, contains a national agreement on pay and conditions of service for support staff and other non-teaching members of staff. Most local authorities have incorporated the Gr

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Issues which often arise in relation to medical assessments at work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What settlement agreements are, when and why they are used, and the implications of signing one.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 purpose of this advice is to summarise teachers’ conditions of service, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

  • The purpose of this advice is to summarise teachers’ conditions of service, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).