Since the first thread was hijacked, I am reposting information about the significant changes that took place last week. From 6 April 2012 the qualifying period before an employee can claim unfair dismissal is increased from one year to two. This applies to appointments made from that date. Those already in post still have a one year qualifying period. The implications of this are that Headteachers can dismiss under capability or disciplinary procedures without the fear of being taken to an employment tribunal by the employee. That is already true of those challenged within the first year of their employment, of course. The cap on compensatory awards is also increased to £72,300 (previously £68,400) where the appropriate date is after 01 February 2012. There is no qualifying period for an employee to claim unfair dismissal on grounds of discrimination or because they have made a protected disclosure (i.e. 'whistle-blown').