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Can schools set probationary periods for teachers? We relay advice on introducing probationary periods for teachers which suggests schools should seek legal advice. We also refer to an example of a probation policy, and link to an employment contract featuring a probation clause.

No national guidance

We spoke to one of our associate education experts, Lucinda Bell, about whether schools can place teachers on a probationary period upon their arrival at the school.

She said there is no mention of probationary periods in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) or in the Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales (Burgundy Book).

These terms and conditions apply to teachers in some school types. The Key has another article showing which schools follow the STPCD and the Burgundy Book.

We spoke to a representative of the Department for Education (DfE) who told us that the DfE does not legislate on the matter.

The representative did add that newly qualified teachers (NQTs) must undergo a year's induction, which is distinct from a probationary period.

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Lucinda said that schools can likely employ teachers on probationary periods, due to the lack

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