Questions we have been asked this month
Q. Is there any extra protection afforded to NQTs in terms of dismissal?
A. NQTs are employees as qualified staff are. Therefore in terms of ability to dismiss this will depend first on length of service (i.e has the employee accrued less than 2 years continuous service) and secondly whether there are any Equality Act issues which may present the risk of a claim. Although, another consideration which will need to be borne in mind is whether there are any obligations to third parties, namely training providers and schemes such as TeachFirst or Schools Direct.
Most schools have substantial land assets under their control, for instance the land, buildings and playgrounds where the school is located, but also fields and sports pitches, and sometimes the occasional area of land that serves no real purpose in the day to day activities of the school. This land can run to many acres, and the land is often situated in areas ripe for development, so represent a potentially valuable asset. The school might not want to see it developed, but equally will want to safeguard the value of the asset or preserve its options as regards future use of the land.