Rights and conditions

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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.

CCTV and other surveillance

The use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in schools and colleges has increased rapidly in recent years. While the use of such surveillance may be perceived as a positive measure to help prevent vandalism and enhance security, CCTV cameras can also lead to a climate of paranoia among education staff. This guidance outlines the obligations on schools when operating CCTV systems and applies across the UK.


Many teachers and lecturers create classroom resources and other material in the course of their teaching career. Determining who owns the copyright to this work depends on a number of factors.


Since September 2009 teachers have only been able to cover for absent colleagues 'rarely'. In reality this means teachers should not be covering for known absences or absences that could be foreseen.

DBS checks

Schools and colleges should have written recruitment and selection procedures and a policy covering interactions with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).


The Education and Inspections Act 2006 sets out clear rules as to who can give a detention, when it can take place, what notice must be given and whether parents can opt out.

Disability discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make 'reasonable adjustments' to premises or working practices to ensure that employees are not disadvantaged because of their disability.


If you feel that you have suffered discrimination then you should seek advice from ATL. The matter should be raised with your employer either by you, or by your representative.

Independent school recognition agreements

Approximately 100 independent schools recognise the National Education Union for collective negotiation of terms and conditions.

Dealing with relationship abuse between young people

Relationship abuse between young people is a problem that many education staff will come across in their schools and colleges.