Fixed term employment

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The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 no longer has provisions that apply to the education sector. At this time, schools no longer need to request vaccination information or consider vaccination status as part of the appointment process. 

We are working to update our letter suite to remove mention to vaccinations.  

In the meantime, you can remove the section entitled COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021and reference to vaccinations in the acceptance box.  

Other than these two amendments, the letter suite is still fit for purpose and requires no additional changes. 

New resources. New approach.

Recent employment court decisions have brought about a renewed focus on the use of fixed term employment agreements (FTEAs) in schools. 

The board must have a policy and associated procedures in place to determine whether or not a vacancy will be filled on a permanent or fixed term basis.

The following resources will guide you through the requirements of fixed term employment. If you have a fixed term letter of offer template that you have been using, please do not continue to use it. It is important not to rely on your historical documentation. Before you make any fixed term employment offer, we strongly encourage you to review these web resources and contact our Advisory and Support Centre team. 

To be eligible for this role you must be vaccinated against COVID-19. This is because the role requires you to carry out work at our school and to have contact with students in the course of carrying out that work, and/or to be present at the school at a time when students are also present, and the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 (Order) requires all employees who do this work to be vaccinated or hold a current medical exemption. The Order also requires you to provide the board with certain information about your vaccinations, including which COVID-19 vaccination(s) you received and on what dates.

This offer of employment is therefore conditional on you being vaccinated against COVID-19, or holding a current medical exemption and on you providing the board with satisfactory evidence of your vaccination status or exemption. Satisfactory evidence includes MyCovidRecord or satisfactory alternative such as a letter from a GP.

Please familiarise yourself with the information and new resources below 

FTEA Previous Webinars - Series 1:

FTEA Previous Webinars - Series 2:

  • 7 July (passcodeY=25+$fP)*
  • 8 July (passcode: KK85*+I#)
PLEASE NOTE: you must type in the passcode when prompted; copying and pasting the code will not work.
Before you make an offer of fixed term employment, we urge you to contact our team of employment advisors:
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