Rights and conditions

Personal care of pupils

ATL often receives enquiries from members about what their responsibilities are when pupils wet or soil themselves in class, and what schools are required to do if a staff member does help a pupil change their clothes.

If your school has already decided to convert to an academy

Once the government has given the go-ahead for a school to convert by issuing an academy order, there are a number of issues for members to consider. These are listed below.

PPA time

The Workload Agreement guarantees teachers in maintained schools in England and Wales ten per cent of their timetabled teaching to be set aside as preparation, planning and assessment (PPA) time during the school day.

If your school is considering academy status

There are a number of things members in schools considering academy status can do and these are listed below.

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.

Right to privacy

In recent years employers in schools and colleges have introduced technology as an aid for the monitoring and surveillance of employees.

Sustainable schools

Schools and colleges have a crucial role to play in educating children and young people for a sustainable future and being themselves an example of sustainable practices. ATL welcomes the government's initiative to transform every school into a sustainable school by 2020 and anticipates a similar initiative for our colleges and universities.

Dismissal: Your statutory rights

An employee can resign either forthwith or giving due notice stating clearly that the employer's conduct has been unreasonable.