Changing an employee's role and responsibilitiesCan 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 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 moved between maintained schools and academies.
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) daysHow 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: teachersGet 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 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.
Directed time: applying it in practiceHow 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.
Lunch and breaktime supervision duties for staffCan 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 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 timeWhat 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 staffKnow 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 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) timeWe 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: rules and eligibilityUnder 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 organisingKnow 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.
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: teachersWhat 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 staffFind 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 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 statisticsFind 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 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.