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Education eNews  June 2018

Stress caused by a disability leads to discrimination finding

The Court of Appeal upheld a claim for stress arising out of a disability amounting to discrimination in the workplace. Mr Grosset, an English teacher, who had cystic fibrosis was suffering an increased workload. In conjunction with this, his Department had suffered a dip in learning outcomes following the move to the Progress 8 Attainment Standard. As a result, the new Head Teacher imposed more stringent performance measures on him - it is worthy of note that the Head Teacher did not know of Mr Grosset's medical condition.

As a result of his condition, Mr Grosset had to undergo a strenuous course of daily exercise. The effects of the cystic fibrosis was exacerbated in times of stress. Whilst he was under such stress, Mr Grosset, without seeking parental consent, showed a group of students an 18 rated film. The students in question were aged between 15 and 16.


Questions we have been asked this month

Q: Do we have to open up applications for a full time position to staff on fixed term contracts?

A. Yes, a fixed-term employee has the right not to be treated less favourable than a comparable permanent employee with regards the terms of their contract or any other detriment. Regulation 3(2)(c) of the Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2034) specifically provides that this right applies in relation to the opportunity to secure any permanent position in the establishment.

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Unexpectedly high Gender Pay Gap reported in schools

With the 4 April 2018 deadline for submitting gender pay gap information looming, of 181 primary and secondary schools who have now reported on their pay figures only 11 pay women more than men. And of the 100 companies with the biggest pay gap across England, Wales and Scotland that have reported on their figures to date, 40 are primary and secondary schools, with 10 of those having a median pay gap of 50% or higher.

Employers with more than 250 staff are required to publish data for their median average hourly pay for men and women, with the median hourly rate for men and women used to define the gender pay gap. This gives an insight into how many women get into senior and well paid positions.


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From all of the Education team at Forbes we hope you've had a successful end of term and wish you an enjoyable summer break.

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