The following is a summary of teachers' employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland. Your statutory rights are the minimum you are entitled to as an employee of the school. In some cases your contract will provide you with better terms and conditions and, if this is the case, those better terms and conditions will apply.
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The school or college discipline policy should state clearly what sanctions are available and who has the power to impose them.
Under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, teachers have powers to search pupils for knives and offensive weapons, without the pupil's consent.
As many as one in five children may at some time need extra help with their education because they have special educational needs (SEN).
Confiscating pupils' property is a legitimate sanction provided that there is a good reason for so doing (as set out in the school rules) and that the length of time the article is confiscated is reasonable.
If you teach in a maintained school in England or Wales and wish to change schools or cease teaching at the end of the spring term you must tender your resignation by 28 February. The usual end date of the spring term is 30 April, however, careful consideration is needed when agreeing a termination date.
The following is a summary of the statutory rights of classroom teachers in the maintained sector inEngland.
The working relationships between education support staff and teachers are vitally important for successful schools.
ATL welcomes the withdrawal of external national testing (SATs) at the end of key stage 3, which should give an impetus to schools to use teacher assessment, based on professional judgement, to assess pupil progress, provide information to parents and hold schools to account. These alternative arrangements must not lead to additional workload for our members.