By law, trade union representatives are entitled to reasonable paid time off from their regular job to enable them to perform their union duties and to undertake relevant training. Trade union members, including representatives, may also ask for unpaid time off to undertake activities. Together, these arrangements constitute facility time.
Schools have to publish information on their website regarding the amount of facility time taken each year by staff who are union officials.
We are required to publish, for each relevant period, the answers to the following questions and requests for information, using the form indicated in Schedule 2 of the Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017.
The ‘relevant period’ refers to 1 April to 31 March in the previous year, which is the period for which data is collected and published.