I have just been through a horrendous time which has resulted in me deciding to leave teaching. I started work in a local authority school about 25 years ago. I was a TA for 5 years and then moved into teaching. 8 years later the school became one of the first primary academies with another local school. We were all TUPEd over. I loved the work and very slowly moved up to SLT. Finally, I decided that I was ready to move to the next step (Headteacher) and very reluctantly left my old schools. I took on a local authority school. After a year that school is going to be taken over by an academy who want to bring in their own leadership team. I tried to stay, the local authority said I should stay but no go. So that is the sorry tale, however, only the background. I now find that because I had only been in post for a year I have no continuity of employment, therefore no employment rights despite working for 17 years within the same authority. This has a huge impact on the way that I have had to leave. If I had wanted to go down the constructive dismissal route I would need 2 years continuous service. With the mix of academies and LA schools and movement between them, I feel that this must be an emerging problem. I have left behind staff, experienced but new to the school, who are terrified that they could also 'be asked to leave' without the legal backing that they thought they could get. Because I wasn't facing capability or disciplinary proceedings my LA and even Union haven't been sure how to handle me. Knowledge of this situation could stop teachers moving between schools or seeking promotion. Some could feel trapped in schools purely for financial safety. I found one LA who acknowledge service in academies, there may be more. Academy to academy is also a problem. Start telling colleagues about this situation, perhaps your Union. I have only just heard about it - too late!