Rights and conditions

QTLS recognition in schools (England)

From 1 April 2012, those teachers holding Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS) must be recognised as qualified teachers in schools in England. The pay and conditions of QTLS teachers working in English schools must now be subject to the provisions of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

Lecturers' employment rights summary: further education sector

The following is a summary of the key employment rights relevant to lecturers in the further education sector in Scotland.

Refusal to teach

Teachers and lecturers have no formal right to refuse to teach a disruptive pupil or student.

Managing behaviour

The government guidance on the Education and Inspections Act 2006, gives all staff in maintained schools in England and Wales legal rights to discipline pupils. This page provides an overview of those powers.

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.

Right to privacy

In recent years employers in schools and colleges have introduced technology as an aid for the monitoring and surveillance of employees.

Sustainable schools

Schools and colleges have a crucial role to play in educating children and young people for a sustainable future and being themselves an example of sustainable practices. ATL welcomes the government's initiative to transform every school into a sustainable school by 2020 and anticipates a similar initiative for our colleges and universities.

Dismissal: Your statutory rights

An employee can resign either forthwith or giving due notice stating clearly that the employer's conduct has been unreasonable.