Leave entitlements for staff

Understand the statutory and additional leave entitlements of teachers and support staff.

Last reviewed on 20 October 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Additional entitlements for school staff 
  2. Minimum statutory requirements
  3. Discretionary leave

Additional entitlements for school staff 

Be aware that teachers and support staff may have additional entitlements (on top of the statutory entitlements set out below), because of national conditions of service, or as part of their contracts.

Maintained schools

  • The Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales (known as the Burgundy Book) sets out conditions for most teachers
  • The National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service (known as the Green Book), sets out conditions for most support staff

We summarise the main additional entitlements in these articles: 

You can access the Burgundy Book and Green Book from the NEU's website.


However, some staff may be entitled to the conditions in the Burgundy or Green Book (for example, if their employment terms were transferred at the point of conversion to an