Rights and conditions

Inspections

Inspections of maintained schools and colleges are carried out by Ofsted in England, HM Inspectorate of Education in Scotland, the Education and Training Inspectorate in Northern Ireland and Estyn in Wales.

Pupil safety on the internet

Getting the balance right between protecting young people from risk - accessing unsuitable material, making unsuitable contacts, or harming a computer by downloading a virus - and empowering them to use the internet effectively and productively is not always easy.

Putting a stop to bullying

Every school/college should have a policy to deal with issues arising from bullying to harassment of staff. This policy should provide that, where a properly-conducted investigation has established that bullying as taken place, this will be treated as a disciplinary matter.

Key legislation

Every Child Matters, supported by the Children Act 2004, establishes the principle that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

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.

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.