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Find out the conditions of service for school support staff and who’s responsible for setting conditions in different types of schools.

Conditions of employment for school support staff

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services (NJC) has drawn up a national agreement on pay and conditions of service, commonly known as the ‘Green Book’. This contains the basic terms and conditions for employees in local government services.

Although the agreement is not compulsory, most support staff in maintained schools are employed under the terms of the Green Book. However, arrangements can also be locally determined.

Academies are free to determine their own pay and conditions for new staff or to renegotiate terms and conditions for existing staff. However, support staff whose employment transferred to an academy at the point of conversion will also be covered by the terms of the Green Book.

Green Book, East Midlands Councils (Adobe pdf file)

The local authority (LA) is the employer in voluntary controlled and community schools. As

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