Rights and conditions


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.

Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act 1998 has been lambasted by some as a constitutional disaster and lauded by others as a valuable first step towards a Bill of Rights to protect the individual.

Family friendly policies

This page contains information about the various family friendly polices that can help with the care of a child, including parental leave.

Facilities time: your democratic right

ATL believes the right to a fair hearing is the bedrock of any democracy and its cornerstone is access to independent advice and representation. It is nothing less than your democratic right.

Extending nursery provision

From September 2010 local authorities in England must increase the amount of free nursery provision for three- and four-year-olds from 12.5 hours to 15 hours per week over a minimum of 38 weeks.

Dismissal: Your statutory rights

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


If you feel that you have suffered discrimination then you should seek advice from ATL. The matter should be raised with your employer either by you, or by your representative.

Disciplinary procedures

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has produced a code of practice all employers should adhere to when it comes to disciplining staff and investigating misconduct.

Dealing with relationship abuse between young people

Relationship abuse between young people is a problem that many education staff will come across in their schools and colleges.

Disability discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make 'reasonable adjustments' to premises or working practices to ensure that employees are not disadvantaged because of their disability.