Ok I see loads of posts here, many reflect the problems I have. I would really like to know what is and what isnt mine in employment law. maybe some people can help me out here. I had cause to ask a few things of the union in the summer and was told my contract was silent but custom and practice prevailed. My employer is changing custom and practice left right and centre and I am confused. Take your pick from the following: a) Can an employer vary conditions which have been long standing without asking / discussing or informing you first? b) I am paid to teach X periods a week which equates to pro rata 0.4 However, my employer thinks that he is allowed to insist I remain in school and teach y periods - the latter being used for cover and since I know I am paid only for X periods, its unpaid . Can this be done in law? c) I have a three day timetable ( I agreed) for my two days work but my employer has blanked out from my week only the first part of a morning and half a morning . I do not teach and am not paid for another z periods which are not blanked out in my timetable.... my employer says he is allowed to use these un-blanked unpaid periods as he needs to take for his y periods that he claims he is entitled to ask me to do in addition to my paid hours. None of this was the case when I went to the school and despite my contract saying 0.4 - an additional y periods actually would be 0.5 if I were paid. However, given the additiona z hours he wants me available this would in fact amount to an 0.64 fte if it were paid. ( let me put this in figures - not my real figures because that might be recognised by the school - but an example. I am paid 0.4 fte which is 9 hours a week ( x) . My employer claims he is entitled to 11 hours a week ( y) the additional two hours being used for cover although I am only paid for 9 hours. . He then says I have remain in school for an additional 6 hours ( z) across which he may select to make me do cover or not according to his needs. ( so in other words he wants me in school for 17 hours but only paid for 9 hours.) I am allowed two mornings when I can come in late amounting to 3 hours). Leaving aside making those changes and bullying me into the situation with the comment others are doing it or it is a requirement of my contract that I give this additional time "pro rata" of my actual contracted and paid hours. Is that legal? In addition d) my employer now wants me to work 3 Saturdays a year on "Open Days" for the school. Never had to do it before , just told that I must turn up. This not pro rata btw, full time staff and part time are all told to do it. We all have to put on special lessons and activities for any prospective parents and children. Neither am I allowed to leave even if I have not seen anyone all morning . I have to stay until I am told I can go. The last time this happened. They forgot me and I was there until 3:00 pm - everyone else having been told to go at 1:00 pm and ths school was then closed. It was only some cleaning and care taking staff who came in and seeing me, told me everyone had gone. Previously it was only full time HoD's and SLT. ( At first nothing was said if you missed these but now the Head is taking a register to make sure everyone comes in - is that legal?) e) What about coming in to do parents evenings on my day off? f) Coming in on a day off for an after school staff meeting? g) INSET at terms beginning - If it is on a day off do I come in? Again HT is taking a register of those attending INSET and following up on those who do not. What if I am min half a day, do I have to stay all day for INSET? ( Not paid by the way) h) As a part time teacher I have never had to offer clubs because I work less than 50% of a timetable. Now I am being hounded to do a club. As it happens I have lessons to teach on two of my days across clubs time and on the third day I have trapped time and am not actually contracted to be in work. Do I have to run a club in this time? i) Duties. I have been put on dut in a time when I am not officially employed. I dont mind doing my share of duties but why should I have to be around two hours after I inish teaching to do my weekly duty? I have asked for a change but am told I have to get someone to swap - why is the onus on me? Should it be? Is that legal? j) I have been allocated an assistant tutor role ( didnt ask for it, never had one before, and didnt have the choice of year goup). The full time teacher whose form it is has refused to go on a weeks residential citing her family needs ( a baby). I have been told I have to do it. I work part time .... what about my family? The school say since I have a husband he can look after the children whilst I go away. I also worry about whether I am insured if anything during all of this unpaid time I am required to give to the school. A couple of years ago I was told to join an activity week trip and since they didnt have room on the bus I had to take my own car. I am not a confident driver and the distance and rural location worried me. I refused and cited ( on advice here) insurance. I was made to feel silly and obstructive for mentioning it at school at the time and I eventually managed a swap with another colleague but last year the same thing happened to another teacher and this time the matter of insurance and taking your own car to a place not that of your normal working was raised again by this teacher and the school climbed down! If I am not paid and working am I insured? What if I get stabbed doing an unpaid cover, or injured during that duty time - or a kid gets hurt on my watch. Does the school insurance cover that if I am not in working time and not paid? Any answers to any of the above would be welcomed.