Rights and conditions

Support staff rights: state sector

The following is a summary of the statutory rights of support staff in the state sector in Northern Ireland.

Teachers' employment rights summary: independent sector in Northern Ireland

The following is a summary of teachers' employment rights in independent schools in Northern Ireland. Your statutory rights are the minimum you are entitled to as an employee of the school. In some cases your contract will provide you with better terms and conditions and, if this is the case, those better terms and conditions will apply.

Teachers' employment rights summary: independent sector

The following is a summary of teachers' employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland. Your statutory rights are the minimum you are entitled to as an employee of the school. In some cases your contract will provide you with better terms and conditions and, if this is the case, those better terms and conditions will apply.

Sanctions and discipline

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

Searching for weapons

Under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, teachers have powers to search pupils for knives and offensive weapons, without the pupil's consent.

Student property

Confiscating pupils' property is a legitimate sanction provided that there is a good reason for so doing (as set out in the school rules) and that the length of time the article is confiscated is reasonable.

Support staff and teachers

The working relationships between education support staff and teachers are vitally important for successful schools.

Teachers' employment rights summary: sixth form colleges

The following provides a summary of the employment rights of teachers in sixth form colleges in England and Wales.

Teachers' employment rights summary: maintained sector

The following is a summary of the statutory rights of classroom teachers in the maintained sector inEngland.

Where ATL is not recognised

Consultation is the key to good decision making and a well-run school or college. In some independent schools and colleges, consultation is done on an ad hoc basis, with key changes being made without staff involvement.