Rights and conditions

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Putting a stop to bullying

Every school/college should have a policy to deal with issues arising from bullying to harassment of staff. This policy should provide that, where a properly-conducted investigation has established that bullying as taken place, this will be treated as a disciplinary matter.

Your workload campaign: moving forward

Once you have assessed the viability of a workload campaign in your workplace and gathered key data, you and your colleagues can move the campaign forward.

Your workload campaign: putting the plan into action

You and your colleagues should start assessing the viability of a workload campaign in your workplace.

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.

Shared parental leave

New legislation from December 2014 introduced Shared Parental Leave for babies due on or after 5 April 2015. Adopters will have the same rights as other parents to Shared Parental leave and pay.


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


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


This page sets out your entitlements under UK legislation on maternity leave and pay. Expectant and new mothers may be entitled to maternity leave, and statutory maternity pay, occupational maternity pay or maternity allowance.

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.


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