Rights and conditions

Reducing the negative effects of workload: tackling stress

We all experience pressure regularly, it can motivate us to perform at our best. It is when we experience too much pressure and feel unable to cope that stress can result.

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.

Parent evening and open days

Strong relationships with the parents of pupils and students are important. Parents and teachers both want the children to do well and should work together, not against each other.

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.

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.

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.

Working hours

Intended to safeguard the health and safety of employees, the 1998 Working Time Regulations include a number of provisions to protect almost all workers from excessive working hours.

Carers

This page sets out your entitlements to take time off for dependants under UK legislation, and to vary your working hours to help with care of a child or adult.