Rights and conditions

Withdrawal of national key stage 3 (SATs) testing

ATL welcomes the withdrawal of external national testing (SATs) at the end of key stage 3, which should give an impetus to schools to use teacher assessment, based on professional judgement, to assess pupil progress, provide information to parents and hold schools to account. These alternative arrangements must not lead to additional workload for our members.

Your CPD entitlements

ATL is completely committed to the further education of our members.

Your entitlements after an incident

All employees have certain rights and entitlements after an incident of assault or abuse.

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.

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.

Education Maintenance Allowance

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides financial support to help young people in low-income households stay on in education after 16.
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Notice periods

Notice provisions exist as a protection for both parties to the employment contract. For the employee, they are a reassurance that short of committing gross misconduct, he or she cannot be fired without due notice.
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Policies and procedures

Your school should have policies and procedures in place to support staff in their management of situations that might involve violence, threatening behaviour or abuse.
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Sick leave and pay

Most people will need to take time off work at some point in their working lives, whether through illness, surgery or injury. It is a statutory requirement that your contract should include any terms relating to absence through illness or injury, including any terms relating to sick pay.

CCTV and other surveillance

The use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in schools and colleges has increased rapidly in recent years. While the use of such surveillance may be perceived as a positive measure to help prevent vandalism and enhance security, CCTV cameras can also lead to a climate of paranoia among education staff. This guidance outlines the obligations on schools when operating CCTV systems and applies across the UK.