Conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales (Burgundy book)

The Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales ('Burgundy Book') is a national agreement between the six school teacher unions and NEOST.


It sets out national conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales and is an essential reference for all maintained schools and also non-maintained schools that choose to incorporate this agreement into their teachers' contracts of employment.

The Burgundy Book's main provisions relate to notice periods, sick leave and pay and maternity leave and pay.

If you do not work in a local authority, or an organisation that takes out the LGA workforce subscription you will need to take out the LGA workforce subscription in order to download a copy of the Burgundy Book. Please see: LGA workforce subscription service.

Or contact us:

Telephone: 020 7187 7373
Email: oss@LGA.gov.uk