Leave entitlements for staff

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

Last reviewed on 5 December 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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Contents
  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 (the Burgundy Book) covers conditions of service for most teachers
  • The National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service (the Green Book) covers conditions of service for most support staff

Download the Burgundy Book and Green Book from the National Education Union (NEU)'s website.

We summarise the main additional entitlements in these articles: 

Academies 

However, some staff may be entitled to the conditions covered in the Burgundy or Green Book. For example, if their employment