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what is the contractual notice position for teachers resigning to leave in the spring term when Easter falls early this year?

29 February 2016

In most teachers’ contracts it will state that for those resigning in the spring term, the termination date will be 30 April.

For teachers whose contracts are operated 'in accordance with Burgundy Book terms' the following applies:

Teachers resigning their appointments

All teachers resigning their appointments will be paid salary:

  • at the end of the Spring term to 30 April; or, in the case of a teacher resigning to take up an appointment with another employer, to the day preceding the day on which the school under the new employer opens for the Summer term if this be earlier than 1 May. A teacher resigning his/her appointment with effect from the end of the Spring term to take up an appointment with another employer should not be required by the former employer to attend the first days of the Summer term if that commences earlier than 1 May.

On this basis if a teacher is resigning to start a new job immediately after the Easter holidays they would only be paid until the day before they start with their new employer.

If the teacher is resigning but not starting another job with another employer then they would be paid until 30 April.

If the termination date remains at 30 April; whilst it is usual for employees to leave on the last day of term, if the employee is not starting with another employer, you can require them to attend work after the Easter holidays until 30 April.

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