Q: Our school has dismissed a teacher on the grounds of capability. He had been absent from work, supplying fit notes, for the past 20 months. Neither occupational health nor his own medical advisers can give us any idea of the prospect of his being able to return. He ran out of sick pay some time ago. He is entitled to 12 weeks’ notice. If we give the 12 weeks’ notice we would not expect to pay him. His representative has told us that the school must give him 12 weeks’ pay. Is that right?