The terms and conditions of employment will be those specified in the advertisement and associated correspondence. These terms and conditions will be stated in the contract of employment, however, the following summarises several key points.
Support for all the county’s maintained schools is provided by Derbyshire County Council. The authority is led from the county council’s headquarters at Matlock and its aim is to secure the highest quality of learning for all Derbyshire people.
Local Management of Schools
The Governing Body has the responsibility of managing the school and its budget. It decides how funding should be spent, including the staffing structure of the school.
The Governing Body is responsible for appointing school employees and determining the nature of posts within the school. Derbyshire County Council, however, remains the employer in law.
Foundation and Aided Schools
For foundation, aided schools and academies the Governing Body is the employer in law.
The Council on behalf of the Derbyshire schools has completed a review to implement the National Single Status Agreement with effect from 1 March 2014. For all community schools, most aided schools and some academies Single Status in Schools is being implemented on the 1 March 2014 and for these schools both the current and revised salaries are displayed in the advert.The New Starters Booklet below informs new starters about all the main terms and conditions which apply on introduction of the new arrangements as from 1st March 2014.
There is a minimum of 25 days annual leave increasing to a minimum of 30 days after five years’ continuous service and a total of 8 bank holidays. All entitlements are pro rata for part-time employees. Please be aware that annual leave should normally be taken during school closure periods.
Term time only posts
For each post the advert will state the hours and weeks per year that you will be required to work. All employees will be paid for the weeks worked plus the appropriate pro – rata annual leave and bank holiday entitlements and these will be averaged out over 12 equal payments (referred to as equated pay arrangements). No half pay retainer payments will be made in respect of school holiday periods.
As a result of the Single Status exercise teaching assistants will normally be employed to work for 39 weeks per year and the standard full-time hours will be 37 per week, with part-time employees being paid pro-rata to 37 hours.
Hours of Work
The standard full-time working week is 37 hours. The exception to this is the post of teaching assistant where the full-time hours are 32.5 per week. If you are required to work more or less than the full-time hours for the post, this will be stated in the job advertisement. Some posts available in schools are for less than 52 weeks per year (eg 39 weeks – term-time only).
Annual Leave Provision
There is a minimum of 20 days annual leave increasing to a minimum of 25 days after 5 years’ service with 12 days for bank holidays. All entitlements are pro rata for part-time employees. Staff employed for less than 52 weeks do not get an annual leave entitlement but are paid in lieu of such. Please note that all annual leave must be taken during school closure periods.
Authorised Leave of Absence
Each school has a policy on Authorised Leave of Absence. This covers statutory entitlements, sick pay entitlements and also discretionary leave of absence which are subject to the approval of the school’s Governing Body. A copy of the policy is available from the school. This policy does not allow leave to be taken for holiday purposes, either paid or unpaid. All holidays must be taken during school closure periods.
Health and Safety at Work
The Governing Body of the school recognises its duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for all its employees. As an employee you would have a personal responsibility to take care of your own health and safety, as well as that of colleagues, pupils and other people you come into contact with at work.
The Local Authority has a committed policy to encourage trade union membership.
All appointments are subject to medical clearance. If you are successful at interview, you will be asked to complete a confidential medical questionnaire.
Disclosure and Barring Check
All posts in schools are subject to a satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Service. If you are successful at interview, you will be asked to complete the relevant form.