Consultation outcome

Trade union facility time in schools: review

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Download the full outcome

Facility time call for evidence: results

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Detail of outcome

This report summarises the findings of the call for evidence and lists the organisations that responded (see Annex A). In response to this review, the Department for Education published advice to schools and employers on managing trade union facility time.

Original consultation


The Department for Education is carrying out a review of trade union facility time in schools.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

Trade union representatives are entitled to reasonable paid time off (known as facility time) to take part in trade union duties, such as negotiating with employers and representing members in grievance procedures.

This call for evidence is to gather views from employers, school leaders, representative organisations, teachers and members of the public about trade union facility time.

We want to know how facility time could be managed more transparently and how we can ensure it makes the most efficient use of taxpayers’ money.


Published 19 September 2013
Last updated 16 January 2014 + show all updates
  1. Consultation response added.
  2. Email address corrected.
  3. First published.