GLOSSARY OF TERMS

ACAS
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.  A Government body charged with assisting the development of good industrial relations.

ACCREDITATION
In trade unions, official recognition that a person is an office holder with rights and responsibilities.  Special accreditation is given to those representing members in disciplinary or grievance hearings.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE
In NASUWT, the supreme decision-making body of the Association, consisting of delegates from every Local Association.

ATL now NEU
A TUC-affiliated trade union representing some teachers in schools and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

BLUE BOOK
The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. Published each year following the report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). The “Blue Book” contains teachers’ pay scales and those conditions of service for teachers laid down by Parliament (e.g. teachers’ duties and hours of work).Useful for comparison with independent sector.

BREACH OF CONTRACT
Breaking any of the terms of a contract or agreement. In employment, breaking the agreement between employer and employee.

BURGUNDY BOOK
The ‘Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales’ contains national conditions of service for teachers agreed between teachers’ trade unions and organisations representing local authority employers (e.g.  maternity and sick leave entitlements).
Again, useful for the purposes of comparison

CAPABILITY
Sometimes called ‘competence’. The ability of a teacher to carry out his/her work to accepted professional standards.

CAREER BREAK
Used to describe a temporary break in a teacher’s employment (e.g. to raise a family).

CERTIFICATION
The Employment Relations Act 1999 requires trade unions to certify elected officers who represent members in disciplinary or grievance hearings.

COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS
In trade union terms, an agreement made between a trade union and an employer. Often such agreements will be incorporated in contracts.

COLLECTIVE GRIEVANCE
A grievance against another person (typically an employer or manager) which is shared by a number of employees.

COLLEGIALITY
The word used to describe the belief of NASUWT that hierarchical structures are damaging to schools, that all teachers should be full partners in the management of schools and that the central role of the class teacher should be recognised by good salaries.

COMPETENCE
Sometimes called ‘capability’. The ability of a teacher to carry out his/her work to accepted professional standards.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The rights and responsibilities to each other of employers and employees. Includes such things as pay, holiday entitlement, hours of work and entitlement to benefits