Theoretical question at this stage, but triggered by an article in the ATL magazine, in which a teacher described receiving an employment contract from an academy which did not allow sick leave to be paid in the first year. I am just about to apply for a role with an academy. What would happen if I was offered the role after interview and later found - when they issued the contract - that there was something unexpected? Is it feasible to accept the role "subject to contract" or to withdraw acceptance if there are unacceptable clauses. It seems to me that the rules of engagement have changed somewhat, where academies can write their own terms of employment. When I worked in industry and changed jobs, I would have a sollicitor look over the employment contract before signing up.