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Find out how much notice teachers, headteachers and support staff must give in maintained schools and academies.

Maintained schools

Notice periods for teachers and headteachers are set out in the Burgundy Book, while notice periods for support staff are set out in the Green Book. 

The terms of these documents apply to staff employed in community and voluntary controlled schools, plus voluntary aided and foundation schools that have decided to adopt them (most do). 

If your staff aren't employed under these terms, check what their contracts say about notice periods.

You can access the documents from the key documents section of the National Education Union (NEU) website.


The Burgundy Book outlines the term dates and minimum notice periods. Even if your actual terms have different end dates, you should still use the dates below. 

Contracts terminate at the end of a term. The dates and notice periods also apply to teachers who are retiring.


Term end date

Minimum notice period

Notice deadline

Autumn term

31 December

2 months 

31 October

Spring term

30 April (see exception below)

2 months

28/29 February

Summer term

31 August

3 months

31 May

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