‘A Practical Guide for School Business Leaders and Headteachers on Employment Law in Schools’ by Jonathan Holden


Paperback: 978-1-912687-43-5
Published: November 2019
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Based on the author’s extensive day-to-day experience of advising Schools, this practical textbook provides a comprehensive overview of Employment & HR law within an education context, covering the most important need to know topics, including:

  • Terms and conditions of employment: including STPCD, Burgundy and Green Books
  • Discipline and Misconduct issues within Schools, with an emphasis on safeguarding issues
  • Capability and Performance Management
  • Sickness and Ill-Health
  • Redundancy and Restructuring
  • What you need to know about TUPE
  • Trade Union Relations
  • Discrimination and Equality Act issues
  • What you need to know about the Employment Tribunal process

All topics are presented in an easy to understand manner, focused exclusively on the implications for Schools and equipping School Business Leaders and Headteachers with the knowledge to take decisions with confidence.

Jonathan has advised a wide range of educational establishments throughout his 15 year career practising in employment law. This book is an invaluable resource for Headteachers and Senior leaders, School Business Managers, Governors, and anyone with HR responsibilities in School.


Jonathan Holden a Partner, Head of Employment and Head of Education for Forbes Solicitors. He has specialised in Employment Law throughout his career. Jonathan has extensive experience in advising public sector institutions; and is a nationally recognised expert in advising on employment law issues within the education sector.

He is an experienced Tribunal advocate, and regularly appears in Employment Tribunals throughout the country. He is experienced in dealing with pension loss issues, and appeared in one of the leading cases in this area in the Employment Appeals Tribunal. Jonathan is one of few experts nationally on LGPS and Teacher’s Pension issues; and he is currently dealing with a Court of Appeal case dealing with gross misconduct in the Education sector. He commonly deals with complicated discrimination and whistle-blowing cases. In addition, he is experienced in dealing with both the non-contentious and contentious implications of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations and advises clients on these issues both internally, and at Tribunal if necessary.

In addition, Jonathan presents seminars to clients on all aspects of Employment Law and provides bespoke in-house training to meet client demand. He also regularly comments on Employment issues to local media and radio as well writing for and on the education sector; and has recently been retained by a national training provider to train lawyers on employment law issues within the education sector.


Chapter One – Who is the Employer?
Chapter Two – Terms and Conditions
Chapter Three – Misconduct and Discipline
Chapter Four – Safeguarding
Chapter Five – Restructuring
Chapter Six – Parental Rights and Flexible Working
Chapter Seven – Performance Management
Chapter Eight – Sickness and Ill-Health
Chapter Nine – Discrimination and The Equality Act
Chapter Ten – TUPE
Chapter Eleven – Trade Unions and Industrial Relations
Chapter Twelve – Whistleblowing
Chapter Thirteen – Unfair Dismissal
Chapter Fourteen – Employment Tribunals
Chapter Fifteen – Resolving Disputes
Chapter Sixteen – Useful Sources of Information