Rights and conditions


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Working in poor weather conditions

Snow and icy weather can result in the closure of many schools and colleges. Members have raised concerns over their safety, both when travelling to work in potentially dangerous situations and when schools and colleges remain open in poor weather conditions.

Industrial action advice

This page provides information on what constitutes industrial action, and ATL's approach and procedures.


This page sets out your entitlements to take time off for dependants under UK legislation, and to vary your working hours to help with care of a child or adult.

Safeguarding - responsibilities for education staff

There are various different pieces of legislation that set out the roles and responsibilities for the welfare of children, and these are summarised below for schools and FE colleges (statutory responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection only apply to students under 18 years of age).

Academies: your employment rights

Whether your school is considering academy status, has already been given the go-ahead to convert, or is already an academy, ATL has advice on your rights and working conditions.


It is now recognised that the quality of teaching is the single most important factor in raising standards of learning. Yet, as a nation, we treat our education staff badly. The profession's workload has rocketed as its morale has plummeted. Constant negative criticism by the media and ill-informed comments by politicians have left the profession battered and bruised.

What constitutes bullying?

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

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.
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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.