Support staff contracts – what you can expect

Your Contract of Employment

After a successful interview with the school's Headteacher or governing body, the schools' personnel team will issue you with a contract. You will receive an Offer of Employment from the school that will outline the pre-employment checks required. This offer will be followed by a 'Statement of Particulars' which details the terms and conditions of your employment.

Pre-employment checks

Once you've received an offer, but before you can start with us, the following checks need to be completed:

  • Two satisfactory references (we may check your references before an offer of employment has been made)
  • CRB (Criminal Conviction check)
  • Medical clearance (you will need to send a completed medical questionnaire form directly to our Occupational Health service providers. This information remains strictly confidential. In some cases a medical examination may be required before your clearance can be confirmed)
  • Proof of qualification/where relevant (the school's Headteacher or senior administrative officer/bursar will need to see the originals of documents relating to your qualifications, so you should bring these documents to your interview)
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Sponsorship (if relevant)
  • Proof of compliance with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996

If you can't successfully provide the required references and information to the satisfaction of the LEA, you may not be allowed to take up your position.

Notice period


The minimum notice period you are entitled to when you are employed on an established contract is 1 month, unless the contract is terminated by summary dismissal, should gross misconduct or gross negligence occur.

Fixed Term

If support staff are employed on a fixed term basis the contract will cease on the specified date unless terminated:

  • earlier in accordance with the provisions set out above under Established Employment; or
  • by summary dismissal should gross misconduct or gross negligence occur.