My son got a teaching contract at an independent school in late May. About ten days ago the head phoned to say the position was no longer available as the enrolment figures were down and they were giving the work to existing teachers. He was offered a month's salary. On the phone the head said this was because he is in his probationary period but the letter which followed stated it was ex gratia. (I think they changed it because the contract states probation is the first term of teaching. ) Apart from the probationary period, there is a 3 month notice period on either side. I've never heard of a job being withdrawn after a contract has been issued - but then all my teaching was in the state sector. It is too late to apply for other teaching posts and he has given up existing work. This is his first school teaching position so he is not yet a member of a union. Is there a case for asking for the three month notice period? If so, should we go to a solicitor or try ACAS mediation?