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FAQs on Sick pay/leave in maintained schools in England and Wales where the  "Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales" (commonly known as the Burgundy Book) has been incorporated into the contract of employment. 

 

 

What is the entitlement for a teacher on sick leave?

 

Does 'working days' include school holidays?

 

Can teaching service from other local authorities (LAs) be included in the calculation of 'service'?

 

Can an employer exceed the minimum entitlement.

 

What is the definition of a 'year' in terms of sick leave?

 

What is the situation in non-maintained and independent schools?

 

 

 

What is the entitlement for a teacher on sick leave?

 

A teacher absent from duty because of illness, including injury, shall be entitled to receive in any one year sick pay as follows:

 

During the first year of service

Full pay for 25 working days and, after completing 4 calendar months’ service, half pay for 50 working days

 

During the second year of service

Full pay for 50 working days and then half pay for 50 working days

 

During the third year of service

Full pay for 75 working days and half pay for 75 working days

 

During fourth and subsequent years

Full pay for 100 working days and half pay for 100 working days

 

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Does 'working days' include school holidays?

 

‘Working days’ means teaching and non-teaching days within “directed time” but does not include school holidays.

 

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Can teaching service from other LAs be included in the calculation of 'service'?

 

For the purpose of the sick pay scheme, “service” includes all aggregated teaching service with one or more LAs.

 

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Can an employer exceed the minimum entitlement.

 

An employer has discretion to exceed the minimum entitlement for sick leave.

 

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What is the definition of a 'year' in terms of sick leave?

 

The sick leave year runs from 1 April of one year to the 31 March of the following year.  However, should a teacher be sick on 31 March in any year, no new entitlements begin until the teacher has resumed duty and the period from 1 April until the return to duty is regarded as part of the preceding year’s entitlement.

Any member who is off sick because of an accident, injury of assault at work should contact the Specialist Advice team for further advice (01444 472477;  email:  specialistadvice@naht.org.uk)

 

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What is the situation in non-maintained and independent schools?

 

Sick pay/leave will be a matter of contract;  therefore, please refer to your contract of employment for the exact provisions.

 

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Page Reviewed: 10/11/2014