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.
Every Child Matters, supported by the Children Act 2004, establishes the principle that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
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).
The following is a summary of the key employment rights relevant to lecturers in the further education sector in Scotland.
Teachers and lecturers have no formal right to refuse to teach a disruptive pupil or student.
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.
The use of reasonable force should always be a last resort for teachers and support staff but schools should offer clear, precise advice and guidance to their staff on their restraint policy so that there can be no confusion. Your school should have a policy on the use of force.
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.
'Flexible working' covers changes to your hours of work and when and where you are required to work.
Losing a job is often a distressing experience for any employee. This is particularly true where the employer becomes insolvent and the entire workplace is closed down, with little or no notice.