I have, for some years, made extra money by providing additional coaching for pupils in my own time. The school has funded these classes as a way of improving results. I have now been assimilated on to the leadership spine as an assistant head and the LEA tells me that I can no longer receive such payment. Why?

Before becoming an assistant head you were subject to teachers' conditions of service, which include the provision that you have to be available for work under the direction of the head for 1,265 hours per year. Outside those hours, teachers are at liberty to enter into separate contracts, provided that they do not affect their normal work, for example to do lunchtime supervision or take additional classes.

By entering the leadership group, you accept a change in conditions of service. The authority is probably arguing that you cannot have a separate contract, because what you are doing could be considered as being within your existing one.

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