Rights and conditions

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What constitutes bullying?

Bullying is the persistent (and normally deliberate) misuse of power or position to intimidate, humiliate or undermine.

Extending nursery provision

From September 2010 local authorities in England must increase the amount of free nursery provision for three- and four-year-olds from 12.5 hours to 15 hours per week over a minimum of 38 weeks.

Facilities time: your democratic right

ATL believes the right to a fair hearing is the bedrock of any democracy and its cornerstone is access to independent advice and representation. It is nothing less than your democratic right.

Family friendly policies

This page contains information about the various family friendly polices that can help with the care of a child, including parental leave.

Fixed-term contracts

This page sets out advice and information for members working on fixed-term contracts.

Gained time

Gained time is when teachers are released from timetabled teaching as a result of pupils being on study leave, examination leave or when pupils meet their year group tutor.


If an employee has a concern about something connected with their employment they have the option of raising it as a grievance.

How appraisal works

The performance management system for teachers in England is governed by the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012. All schools must have an appraisal policy.

Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act 1998 has been lambasted by some as a constitutional disaster and lauded by others as a valuable first step towards a Bill of Rights to protect the individual.

If you are facing an allegation

If you are facing an allegation of misconduct, you should contact ATL's London Office in the first instance.