• Conditions of service for school support staff Understand who's responsible for setting the conditions of service for school support staff in different types of schools and how pay arrangements are determined.
  • Conditions of service for teachers: the STPCD and the Burgundy Book Find out whether the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and Burgundy Book apply in your school and get an overview of the key requirements they cover.
  • Continuous service Find a definition of continuous service, and whether it applies to a staff member who is moving between a maintained school and academy.
  • How to handle flexible working requests UpdatedFind out how to confidently respond to any flexible working requests you receive. Download our request form to give to your staff, and learn what to do when you receive a request, and the reasonable grounds for refusal.
  • How to make changes to an employment contract Be clear on what you need to do to change an employment contract, like consulting staff members and putting the agreed changes into writing. Get tips on what to do if staff don't agree with your proposals, and learn how to minimise the risk of a legal challenge.
  • Moving staff between schools in a MAT Many multi-academy trusts (MATs) get staff to work across schools, or move between schools. Read on for advice on how to manage this - whether it's moving around on a day-to-day basis or moving someone to a new role in another school.
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  • Keeping in touch (KIT) days Employees on maternity or adoption leave are entitled to 10 keeping in touch (KIT) days. Read guidance on how and when they can be used, as well as how to calculate pay.
  • Maternity leave and pay Download our summary of the rules about maternity pay and leave for teachers and support staff. Adapt our 2 template letters, one for employees giving notice of maternity leave to their employer and the other for employers confirming maternity pay and leave details to an employee.
  • Paternity leave and pay Eligible employees are entitled to statutory paternity pay and leave. Read government guidance on your responsibilities as an employer, as well as expert advice on fitting paternity leave around school holidays.
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  • Directed time: what's covered and how to organise and allocate it Understand the rules around directed time and download our directed time calculator to help you organise and allocate the 1,258.5 hours for your staff during the 2021/22 academic year. Also see examples of directed time budgets from schools.
  • Introducing additional INSET days Be clear on when you can introduce extra INSET days for teachers, and what you should consider before doing so.
  • Lunch and breaktime supervision: staff availability and ratios Teachers employed under the STPCD as a rule can't supervise lunchbreaks, but they can supervise morning and afternoon breaks. Find out about staffing ratios required for break and lunchtimes and what you'll need to assess to keep pupils safe.
  • Part-time staff: attending INSET days and meetings Understand the guidance around a part-time staff member attending meetings, including parent evenings and training events such as INSET days. See the rules for teachers and support staff, and whether you should pro-rata attendance.
  • Part-time teachers' working time Find out the rules on working time for part-time teachers and be clear on their employment conditions under the STPCD. Use our template to make a case to change a part-time teacher’s working hours or days.
  • Rest breaks for support staff Understand your requirements around allowing support staff rest breaks. Find out what to do about pay if support staff members work through their break.
  • Rest breaks for teachers Find out what breaks your teachers are entitled to, how long they should be and the issues to bear in mind, with DfE, ASCL and expert guidance.
  • Staff meetings: guidance Make the most of meetings with your whole-staff workforce by carefully considering their purpose. Find out how you can reduce the impact on their workload and understand the rules on the frequency of meetings.
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  • Management time: requirements You must give teachers with leadership responsibilities, such as subject leaders, a 'reasonable' amount of non-contact time. Find out the rules here, and see advice on how much time to give.
  • Planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time Find essential information on planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time in just 1 page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
  • PPA time: rules, eligibility and organisation Under the STPCD, you must provide eligible teachers with guaranteed planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time. Read the rules on what you must provide, which teachers are eligible and how to manage planning and delivering cover lessons.
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