Leader magazineASCL - Association of School and College Leaders

New rarely cover regulation

Any school that has made informal, internal arrangements with staff concerning rarely cover arrangements should be aware that the ASCL Act gives local authorities the ability to use their full powers of intervention to enforce national pay and conditions arrangements - including rarely cover - up to and including suspension of delegation, which brings with it the power to appoint new staff, among other things.

In addition, the secretary of state is taking the power to direct a local authority to use its powers if it is reluctant to do so. It will not require even the disagreement of a member of staff in a school to scupper an internal arrangement. The local branch of a union will be able to trigger action by the local authority to compel adherence or to intervene to take over the school.

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