Rights and conditions

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Maternity

This page sets out your entitlements under UK legislation on maternity leave and pay. Expectant and new mothers may be entitled to maternity leave, and statutory maternity pay, occupational maternity pay or maternity allowance.

Shared parental leave

New legislation from December 2014 introduced Shared Parental Leave for babies due on or after 5 April 2015. Adopters will have the same rights as other parents to Shared Parental leave and pay.
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Managing Teacher Workload

It is acknowledged that the quality of teaching is the critical factor in raising standards of learning. And yet teachers' workload has rocketed in recent years, leaving morale for many at rock-bottom.
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Lesson planning advice

The Government working group on lesson planning and resources has produced tangible answers to the workload crisis, which could help all education staff find a better balance.
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Notice periods

Notice provisions exist as a protection for both parties to the employment contract. For the employee, they are a reassurance that short of committing gross misconduct, he or she cannot be fired without due notice.

Key legislation

Every Child Matters, supported by the Children Act 2004, establishes the principle that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Observations

Properly conducted classroom observation is a powerful tool in the continuing professional development of teachers.

Your workload campaign: putting the plan into action

You and your colleagues should start assessing the viability of a workload campaign in your workplace.

Parent evening and open days

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.

Data and workload

Having difficulties with data? Here's what our members said about the issue.