Rights and conditions

Restraint

The use of reasonable force should always be a last resort for teachers and support staff but schools should offer clear, precise advice and guidance to their staff on their restraint policy so that there can be no confusion. Your school should have a policy on the use of force.

Parents

Strong relationships with the parents of pupils and students are important. Parents and teachers both want the children to do well and should work together, not against each other.

Right to flexible hours

'Flexible working' covers changes to your hours of work and when and where you are required to work.

Permanent school closures

Losing a job is often a distressing experience for any employee. This is particularly true where the employer becomes insolvent and the entire workplace is closed down, with little or no notice.

Personal care of pupils

ATL often receives enquiries from members about what their responsibilities are when pupils wet or soil themselves in class, and what schools are required to do if a staff member does help a pupil change their clothes.

If your school has already decided to convert to an academy

Once the government has given the go-ahead for a school to convert by issuing an academy order, there are a number of issues for members to consider. These are listed below.

PPA time

The Workload Agreement guarantees teachers in maintained schools in England and Wales ten per cent of their timetabled teaching to be set aside as preparation, planning and assessment (PPA) time during the school day.

If your school is considering academy status

There are a number of things members in schools considering academy status can do and these are listed below.

Prevention and training

Recognising what triggers aggressive and violent behaviour is a necessary part of your skills as an education professional.

Private tuition

It is common for teachers to offer private tuition to students. Before doing so, there are several important issues to consider, such as legal and insurance protection and health and safety issues.