The Good Work Plan

Read about the rules around providing employment details to new staff, calculating holiday pay and granting bereavement leave under the 2020 Good Work Plan.

Last reviewed on 7 July 2023
School types: AllSchool phases: AllRef: 39451
  1. What is the Good Work Plan? 
  2. Provide a written statement by the first day of employment  
  3. Review how you calculate holiday pay for staff with irregular hours
  4. Understand who's eligible for parental bereavement leave and pay
  5. If in doubt, seek HR or legal advice

What is the Good Work Plan? 

The Good Work Plan is a government policy that aims to improve workers' rights.

The plan introduced changes to employment law. These changes had to be implemented by employers before 6 April 2020.

Who's the employer in my school?

School typeEmployer
Voluntary-aided schools, foundation schools and foundation special schools Governing board
Voluntary-controlled schools, community schools, community special schools, maintained nursery schools and PRUsLocal authority
Academies and free schools Academy trust
Independent schoolsSchool proprietor or governing board

Provide a written statement by the first day of employment  

All new staff must receive a written statement of employment details from their employer on or before their first day of employment. This includes both employees and workers.

Details of any probation period Details of any mandatory training (including any that the employer won't pay for) Entitlement to any paid leave (including sick leave and pay, maternity and parental leave) Working hours, including which days they must work and if and

The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.