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  • Bringing outsourced provision in-house: TUPE What happens to staff when outsourced provision is brought in-house? We explain how the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2006 apply when a school brings a previously outsourced service in-house. We also relay advice from 2 of our associate experts.
  • Changing an employee's role and responsibilities Can an employee's role and responsibilities be changed? We outline advice from Acas and unions on changing the responsibilities of staff members, and dealing with situations where an employee does not agree to the change.
  • Conditions of service for school support staff Find out the conditions of service for school support staff and who’s responsible for setting conditions in different types of schools.
  • Conditions of service for teachers: the STPCD and the Burgundy Book What 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 service Find a definition of continuous service, and whether it applies to a staff member who's moved between maintained schools and academies.
  • Employment law and contracts: guides for school leaders What do school leaders need to know about employment law? Download our school leaders' guide to employment law for a concise overview of the key aspects that apply to school staff. This article also features a downloadable KeyDoc guide to contracts and the phrases used in connection with them.
  • Handling flexible working requests Learn how to confidently respond to any flexible working requests you receive. Find out about the application process, download our request form to give to your staff, and see what are reasonable grounds for refusing a request.
  • Introducing a staff dress code Is there advice on introducing a staff dress code? We relay advice from the Department for Education and several unions on issues to consider when introducing a staff dress code. We also include examples of questions to ask when consulting on a staff dress code.
  • Midday supervision: are staff entitled to free lunches? Find guidance on whether to offer a free meal to staff on lunchtime duty.
  • Staff employment terms: jargon buster Where can I find definitions of school employment terms? In this article, we include a downloadable KeyDoc with definitions of employment terms commonly used in education. We also link to more of our articles on employment law.
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  • Allowing staff to do private tutoring You 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.
  • Expectations of teachers on the upper pay range (UPR) Are there schools with their own UPR criteria? This article points to examples from schools of criteria and expectations for teachers on the upper pay range (UPR), and relays advice from one of our associate education experts on criteria for UPR teachers in small schools.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring teachers' planning: short-term plans Are teachers required to hand in short-term plans each week? This article cites guidance from the DfE and the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group on lesson planning.
  • Upper pay range (UPR): additional responsibilities Should UPR teachers have additional responsibilities? We refer to the STPCD, and look at guidance on what is expected from teachers on the upper pay range (UPR), previously the upper pay scale, and TLR payments for teachers on the UPR. We also relay advice on workloads for part-time UPR teachers.
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  • Keeping in touch (KIT) days How many KIT days can a teacher have? We look at what keeping in touch (KIT) days are and how many can be used by staff. We also relay guidance on what staff could do during KIT days, and how they should be paid for them.
  • Maternity leave and pay: teachers Get to grips with the rules on maternity pay and leave with our downloadable summary. 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 staff What 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 arrangements What 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.
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  • Directed time: applying it in practice How should we apply directed time? This article explains how to apply the principles of directed time and what activities, tasks and meetings are counted towards directed time. It looks at what to do if directed time is exceeded, as well as how directed time works in a PRU.
  • Directed time: entitlement to breaks Find out what breaks your teachers are entitled to, how long they should be and the issues to bear in mind, with DfE, ASCL and expert guidance.
  • Directed time: what's covered and how to organise it Understand the rules around directed time and download our directed time calculator to help you organise and allocate the 1,265 hours for your staff. See school examples of directed time budgets.
  • Introducing additional INSET days Can we introduce additional INSET days? This article sets out guidance on introducing extra INSET days in maintained schools and academies. You will find advice from One Education on arranging an extra INSET day, and from ASCL on the practical implications of this for academies.
  • Lunch and breaktime supervision duties for staff Can staff be required to supervise pupils at breaktimes? We outline guidance for teachers employed under the STPCD and for teachers employed under other terms and conditions, and look at requiring support staff to do breaktime supervision. We also look at rights to rest breaks including on trips.
  • Part-time staff: attending INSET days and meetings Know 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 time What are the rules on working time for part-time teachers? This article refers to statutory guidance on flexible working, and sets out the employment conditions for part-time teachers under the STPCD. It also looks at changing the days a teacher works.
  • Rest breaks for support staff Know what rest breaks you are required to provide to your support staff with this article. You can also find out what to do about pay if support staff members work through their break.
  • SENCOs: teaching commitments Do 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 agendas You'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.
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  • Management time You 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) time We outline 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: asking teachers to plan cover lessons There is no requirement for teachers to plan their own cover lessons. Understand how to manage planning for cover lessons with guidance on making alternative arrangements.
  • PPA time: rules and eligibility Under the STPCD, you must provide eligible teachers with guaranteed planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time. Read the rules on what you must provide here, and which teachers are eligible for PPA time.
  • PPA time: scheduling and organising Know the rules on scheduling planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time to make sure you're compliant, and learn whether teachers must be compensated if they miss their allocated PPA time.
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  • Bank holiday leave: treating part-time workers fairly How can we treat part-time staff fairly with respect to bank holiday leave? We relay advice from ACAS on treating part-time staff fairly. We also link to an article on annual leave entitlements.
  • Giving support staff a day off for INSET: treating part-time workers fairly How do we ensure fairness when giving support staff an INSET day off? We relay advice from our associate education HR experts on whether part-time staff who would not have worked on that day anyway should receive an equivalent day off.
  • Leave entitlements for staff Is there a list of the types of leave we have to give staff? This article summarises statutory leave entitlements for teachers and school support staff, and features a downloadable KeyDoc summarising these entitlements. It also looks at some situations in which discretionary leave may be given.
  • Managing staff sickness absence and attendance How 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.
  • Return to work interviews: template and guidance Get the most out of return to work interviews with this downloadable template and advice on how to prepare and what to cover.
  • Sick pay entitlements: teachers What are teachers' sick pay entitlements? This article looks at sick pay entitlements for teachers, and explains how entitlements for part-time teachers are calculated. It relays guidance from three unions and one of our associate experts, as well as from the HR director of a multi-academy trust.
  • Sick pay for support staff Find out about statutory and occupational sick pay for your support staff. Who's entitled, what they're entitled to, who's not eligible, and how to calculate it.
  • Staff attendance improvement plan: template Download our template and save yourself some time if you're using an attendance improvement plan with a member of staff to address high occasional absences.
  • Staff leave of absence request forms Find examples of leave request forms from schools to help you write your own.
  • Staff medical appointments during school hours Are 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 returning to work early from sickness absence There's nothing stopping someone returning to work before their fit note runs out, but you should support them to return to work. Read on for advice on how to get this right.
  • Staff sickness absence statistics Find out 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 holidays Many 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.
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