Just after some advice from fellow professionals in education sector. I recently relocated and with that, changed schools which also resulted in a promotion. This meant that I had left my previous school after 18 months. I was given a ‘golden hello’ upon joining this previous school and despite this being called a “one off recruitment bonus allowance” on documentation, the school are now trying to claim the bonus back as I left within 2 years. I have now been presented with a ‘Principle Statement of Employment’ which I have never seen before and this states that “if you leave within 2 years, the bonus will have to be recouped”. This document was not signed or agreed to by myself, with no terms or conditions outlined for the “one off recruitment bonus allowance.” The HT moved on and the school stopped offering triple science - significant factors in contributing to me deciding to relocate back to my hometown. The council and school are now saying that in contract law, nothing has to be signed and you agree to a contract by default when you start working for an employer. Any advice or previous circumstances encountered regarding recruitment allowances would be much appreciated.