Rights and conditions

Staff and student confidentiality

Teachers and lecturers are not legally obliged to inform parents or guardians automatically of confidential disclosures by students, such as those concerning their emotional lives.

Sanctions and discipline

The school or college discipline policy should state clearly what sanctions are available and who has the power to impose them.

Safeguarding - what should you do?

Children will talk about their concerns and problems with people they feel they can trust and they feel comfortable with. All staff and volunteers in an education establishment must know how to respond to a child's concerns and who to approach for advice.

Right to privacy

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

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.

Professional standards for TAs

Following the government's decision not to endorse them, ATL has decided to publish the new professional standards for teaching assistants created by members of ATL and other unions and education bodies.

Prevention and training

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

Part-time working rights

According to the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, workers on part-time contracts have the right not to be treated less favourably than their full-time colleagues by an employer unless this can be objectively justified.

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.

Job reference rights

You have no statutory right to a reference from a present or past employer - references are given at the discretion of the employer. References do not have to be given in writing - they can be given verbally, perhaps by telephone.