Rights and conditions

Prevention and training

Recognising what triggers aggressive and violent behaviour is a necessary part of your skills as an education professional.

Private tuition

It is common for teachers to offer private tuition to students. Before doing so, there are several important issues to consider, such as legal and insurance protection and health and safety issues.

Inspections

Inspections of maintained schools and colleges are carried out by Ofsted in England, HM Inspectorate of Education in Scotland, the Education and Training Inspectorate in Northern Ireland and Estyn in Wales.

Pupil safety on the internet

Getting the balance right between protecting young people from risk - accessing unsuitable material, making unsuitable contacts, or harming a computer by downloading a virus - and empowering them to use the internet effectively and productively is not always easy.

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.

Key legislation

Every Child Matters, supported by the Children Act 2004, establishes the principle that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

QTLS recognition in schools (England)

From 1 April 2012, those teachers holding Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS) must be recognised as qualified teachers in schools in England. The pay and conditions of QTLS teachers working in English schools must now be subject to the provisions of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

Lecturers' employment rights summary: further education sector

The following is a summary of the key employment rights relevant to lecturers in the further education sector in Scotland.

Refusal to teach

Teachers and lecturers have no formal right to refuse to teach a disruptive pupil or student.

Managing behaviour

The government guidance on the Education and Inspections Act 2006, gives all staff in maintained schools in England and Wales legal rights to discipline pupils. This page provides an overview of those powers.