Trade union facility time in schools

Guidance explaining what facility time is and the Department for Education's expectations for schools managing facility time.


Trade union facility time in schools


This is for:

  • school leaders
  • governing bodies
  • headteachers
  • school staff

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

Facility time is reasonable time off for trade union duties and activities. This guidance:

  • clarifies the flexibilities available to schools
  • sets out DfE’s expectations about how you should manage facility time
  • sets out new measures to ensure better accountability and transparency for spending on facility time
Published 16 January 2014
Last updated 9 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated review date in document.
  2. First published.