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Employment Rights for Teachers

Guidance for self-employed, zero-hour and home working teachers.

Last updated: 10 January 2022

Access to Statutory Sick Pay, Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will depend on your employment status. See the Government website for the latest guidance.

Please contact your regional office or email if your education work has been affected and your particular circumstances have not been addressed by the announcements so far.

Self-employed teachers

If you are self-employed and have a contract for services with a school or hub, you may be able to negotiate an alternative means of fulfilling your contract through online teaching.

This will require you to have current safeguardingGDPR and Data Protection policies and procedures in place. 

A contract may be voided when a ‘frustration’ or ‘force majeure’ clause is triggered. In such cases, please contact your regional MU office.

For self-employed teachers who invoice parents directly, the MU has produced a Contract for Online Teaching.

For details on schemes from the Government which may be able to offer assistance, see our Financial Support page.

Zero-hour and employed teachers

The Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ended on 30 September 2021.

Should you be approached by your employer to consider redundancy, lay-off or any other change to your contractual terms, please contact your MU Regional Office.

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