The Personnel Handbook is the key reference source on personnel and human resource issues for staff in Central Bedfordshire schools. Nothing in the handbook can override the legal position but headteachers and governors are asked to note that the Local Authority considers the following documents to form part of the contract of employment for staff in maintained schools.
The Redundancy Procedure (Chapter 5, Section 2) does not form part of the contract of employment but is viewed by the Local Authority as a key document in the management of staffing reductions in schools. It would be used to determine, for example, the extent to which the Local Authority judged the actions of a governing body to be reasonable in circumstances where a liability might arise (for example, a redundancy compensation payment). Other policies are advisory and intended to be helpful support in the management of personnel and human resource issues.