Conditions of service for teachers: the STPCD and the Burgundy BookWhat are the Burgundy Book and the STPCD, and how do they apply to schools? This article explains how different terms and conditions apply to different types of school, and looks at the difference between the Burgundy Book and the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).
Continuous serviceFind a definition of continuous service, and whether it applies to a staff member who's moving between a maintained school and academy.
How to handle flexible working requestsFind out how to confidently respond to any flexible working requests you receive. Download our request form to give to your staff, and learn what to do when you receive a request, and the reasonable grounds for refusal.
Allowing staff to do private tutoringYou can decide how to handle staff who want to work as private tutors outside of school hours. Get help with figuring out what approach to take, including if they should be able to tutor your pupils or work on school premises.
Lesson planning: what are reasonable expectations?Should we have a detailed policy on lesson planning? We relay advice on reasonable expectations for teachers in relation to planning. We also look at Ofsted's expectations, and look at whether absent teachers should be asked to plan cover work.
Monitoring medium-term planning (primary)What is good practice when monitoring medium-term planning? We relay advice from a consultant headteacher and a union, and look at an example of a school's monitoring arrangements.
Keeping in touch (KIT) daysUpdatedEmployees on maternity, adoption or parental leave are entitled to 10 keeping in touch (KIT) days. Read guidance on how and when they can be used, as well as how to calculate pay.
Maternity leave and pay: teachersDownload our summary of the rules about maternity pay and leave, and adapt our 2 template letters, one for employees giving notice of maternity leave to their employer and the other for employers confirming maternity pay and leave details to an employee.
Maternity pay and leave entitlements: support staffWhat maternity leave and pay are support staff entitled to? All support staff are eligible for 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks of additional maternity leave. We link to information on maternity leave and to guidance on statutory and occupational maternity pay.
Paternity leave arrangementsWhat are the arrangements for paternity leave? We relay guidance on shared parental leave, ordinary paternity leave and pay, and paternity leave for adoptive fathers. You will find information on the length of leave and eligibility, and negotiating different arrangements.
Lunch and breaktime supervision duties for staffYou can't require teachers employed under the STPCD to supervise lunchbreaks, but you can make your own arrangements for teachers employed under other terms and conditions. Find out about breaktime supervision duties for support staff and rights to rest breaks.
Part-time staff: attending INSET days and meetingsKnow whether you can make a part-time staff member attend meetings, including parent evenings, and training events, such as INSET days. See the rules for teachers and support staff, and whether you should pro-rata attendance.
Part-time teachers' working timeFind out the rules on working time for part-time teachers and be clear on their employment conditions under the STPCD. Use our template to make a case to change a part-time teacher’s working days.
Rest breaks for support staffUnderstand your requirements around providing support staff with rest breaks. Find out what to do about pay if support staff members work through their break.
SENCOs: teaching commitmentsDo SENCOs have to teach classes? To answer this question we refer to the SEND Code of Practice and advice from nasen.
Staff meetings: schedules and agendasYou're not required to have a meeting schedule or agendas. However, it is good practice, and this article points to help with creating these documents and provides guidance on how frequently meetings can be held.
Management timeYou must give teachers with leadership responsibilities, such as subject leaders, a 'reasonable' amount of non-contact time. Find out the rules here, and see advice on how much time to give.
Planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) timeFind essential information on planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
PPA time: rules, eligibility and organisationUnder the STPCD, you must provide eligible teachers with guaranteed planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time. Read the rules on what you must provide, which teachers are eligible and how to organise it.
Leave entitlements for staffUnderstand the statutory and additional leave entitlements an employer must provide for teachers and support staff.
Managing staff sickness absence and attendanceHow can schools reduce sickness absence by staff? We relay advice on making staff aware of absence procedures, keeping accurate absence records, and curbing the spread of illnesses. We also link to an article on getting value for money from staffing budgets.
Sick pay entitlements: teachersLearn about sick pay terms for teachers, including who the Burgundy Book terms apply to and what they cover. Also see the latest guidance on pay during self-isolation due to coronavirus.
Sick pay for support staffUpdatedFind out about statutory and occupational sick pay for your support staff, including who's entitled, what they're entitled to, who's not eligible, and how to calculate it.
Staff medical appointments during school hoursAre staff entitled to time off to attend medical appointments? We relay advice from Acas and ASCL on staff attending medical appointments during the school day. We also look at conditions of service for school staff, and examples of approaches from schools.
Staff sickness absence statisticsUpdatedSee the latest national statistics on teacher sickness absence, and learn how you can benchmark your school's sickness absence data with that of other schools.
Support staff: offering term-time holidaysMany schools don’t allow year-round support staff to take annual leave during the term, but we know some school leaders are questioning this approach. Read on to see why you might consider it, and what you’d need to do to make it happen.