Rights and conditions

Detentions

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.

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).

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.

Support staff employment rights summary: maintained and academy sectors

The following is a summary of the employment rights of support staff in the maintained and academy sectors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Redundancy

This page sets out general advice on redundancy, including information on challenging redundancies and statutory pay.

If your school has already converted to academy status

Once a school has become an academy, it is vital that ATL members continue to promote the rights and working conditions of members within the school, and share information with their colleagues.
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Adoption

This page sets out your entitlements and responsibilities under UK legislation, as well as advice on returning to work and overseas adoptions.
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Paternity

This page sets out your entitlements and responsibilities under UK legislation on paternity leave and pay.

Support staff employment rights summary: Wales

The following is a summary of the statutory rights of support staff in the maintained sector in Wales.

Institute for Learning

Ahead of government announcements and changes to legislation, IfL has stated that it is to become a voluntary body.