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Find the answers to the questions we get asked the most by our members on popular advice topics. 

  • covid - advice.jpg Advice following NEU's actionFind the answers to your questions following the NEU's advice to its members that it is unsafe to return to work on Monday 26/01/2021
  • Working time/directed time FAQs Ofsted short inspections 389x267A set of questions and answers that explain when teachers and school leaders are expected to work, including directed time, working time and requests to work during the weekend and school holidays. 04/05/2021
  • Advice following NEU's action covid - advice.jpgFind the answers to your questions following the NEU's advice to its members that it is unsafe to return to work on Monday 26/01/2021
  • Sections 44 and 100 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 legislation.jpgThis advice note provides some suggested steps for members to take who are considering using the mechanisms set out in the Employment Rights Act where they have concerns regarding safety in their... 03/01/2021
  • Children with education, health and care plans: answers to your frequently asked questions Autism web.jpgIn this advice, we look at some of the most commonly presented questions and give suggestions about how to proceed in each case. 03/11/2020
  • Isle of Man industrial action - frequently asked questions industrial action.jpgWe have produced a frequently asked question guide, which we will keep up-to-date during the industrial action period. 01/09/2020
  • Managing sickness absence FAQs Image of wooden blocks with symbols relating to sickness absenceA healthy and fit workforce is essential for the effective operation of any school. We've pulled together some of the key questions that school leaders raise on sickness absence management, and... 27/02/2020
  • Planning, preparation and assessment time - FAQs calendar planner.jpgThis document provides a definition of and advice on managing your statutory planning, preparation and assessment time. 18/10/2019
  • Cover arrangements - FAQs primary classroom.jpgThis advice explains the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2018 (STPCD) directives on providing PPA and other cover arrangements. 18/10/2019
  • Dedicated headship time - FAQs work - staff meeting.jpgShould a head teacher receive both dedicated headship time, and leadership and management time? We answer this question and more in our latest guide 09/11/2018
  • Health and safety FAQs health and safety.jpgWe set out the frequently asked questions school leaders get in contact with us about on this tough topic. 02/10/2018
  • GDPR FAQs update GDPR.jpgWe have set out some additional frequently asked questions that are being asked by our members now GDPR is live. 02/10/2018
  • GDPR some frequently asked questions GDPR.jpgWe have set out the most frequently asked questions in this document, and we'll aim to keep this document updated with additional questions as they arise, details of which will be set out in our... 17/04/2018
  • FAQs on excluding pupils from school behaviour.jpgA school leader's guide to safely excluding pupils from your school 12/09/2017
  • Academies and Free Schools FAQs references.jpgOur guidance provides an update on several issues which may affect members, including employment arrangements of staff, accountability measures currently in place and options which members may... 05/06/2017
  • Industrial action FAQs staff.jpgThis is a 'how to' guide for head teachers and other school leaders when faced with the prospect of industrial action. 22/11/2016
  • FAQs about forced academisation and warning notices academy.jpgUnder the Academies Act 2010, the Secretary of State has the power to make an academy order in respect of a maintained school in England in the following circumstances 26/05/2016
  • Management time FAQs difficult conversation.jpgAn explanation of your rights to management time with advice and guidance on how to ensure you receive it. 17/05/2016
  • Regional Schools Commissioners Governance laptop and glasses.jpgEight regions throughout England have been identified to carry out responsibilities delegated by the Secretary of State. These include overseeing academies, free schools, university technical... 02/03/2016