Rights and conditions


Many teachers and lecturers create classroom resources and other material in the course of their teaching career. Determining who owns the copyright to this work depends on a number of factors.

DBS checks

Schools and colleges should have written recruitment and selection procedures and a policy covering interactions with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

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.


The Education and Inspections Act 2006 sets out clear rules as to who can give a detention, when it can take place, what notice must be given and whether parents can opt out.

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.


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.

What constitutes bullying?

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

Fixed-term contracts

This page sets out advice and information for members working on fixed-term contracts.


If an employee has a concern about something connected with their employment they have the option of raising it as a grievance.

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.