Teacher, TES Connect blogger and behaviour expert Tom Bennett puts on his agony uncle hat and answers your education questions
What are the rules regarding recruitment in the UK - does every job have to be offered externally? I have been filling a role to cover maternity leave for nearly a year and when the teacher decided not to return I assumed the job was mine. But I have been told that the school has to advertise.
A teacher in the North East of England
Not true since 2009. It used to be the case that schools had to advertise leadership positions - and good practice suggested that all other roles should be advertised, too - but no longer. Schools are now free to advertise or not, depending on their needs. There are still a number of other relevant employment laws connected with issues of gender, race and so on, and employers must be careful not to recruit unfairly on these grounds. That's why most schools advertise most posts externally: to reduce the chance of being accused of discriminating against any particular group. It is advisable to advertise in order to find the best possible candidate, but employers are free not to do so if they think they have found the perfect person, as long as they are not being partial.
There is talk in my school of bringing in mindfulness techniques after all the recent publicity. Have you got any compelling research with which to arm myself in a fight against it? The thought of having to lead meditation sessions fills me with dread.
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