Rights and conditions

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Teachers' employment rights summary: independent sector

The following is a summary of teachers' employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland. Your statutory rights are the minimum you are entitled to as an employee of the school. In some cases your contract will provide you with better terms and conditions and, if this is the case, those better terms and conditions will apply.

Data and workload

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Sanctions and discipline

The school or college discipline policy should state clearly what sanctions are available and who has the power to impose them.

Searching for weapons

Under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, teachers have powers to search pupils for knives and offensive weapons, without the pupil's consent.


As many as one in five children may at some time need extra help with their education because they have special educational needs (SEN).

Student property

Confiscating pupils' property is a legitimate sanction provided that there is a good reason for so doing (as set out in the school rules) and that the length of time the article is confiscated is reasonable.

Spring resignations

If you teach in a maintained school in England or Wales and wish to change schools or cease teaching at the end of the spring term you must tender your resignation by 28 February. The usual end date of the spring term is 30 April, however, careful consideration is needed when agreeing a termination date.

Teachers' employment rights summary: maintained sector

The following is a summary of the statutory rights of classroom teachers in the maintained sector inEngland.

Support staff and teachers

The working relationships between education support staff and teachers are vitally important for successful schools.

What constitutes bullying?

Bullying is the persistent (and normally deliberate) misuse of power or position to intimidate, humiliate or undermine.