Academies – Furlough of staff

The guidance in respect of staff at state funded schools, says that in general schools would not be expected to furlough staff. However, it is acknowledged that schools may have separate income streams, for example from catering and lettings. Where these income streams have stopped it may be appropriate to furlough staff. Schools should first seek to make necessary savings from their existing budget or consider options to redeploy these staff before furloughing them. Only after all other potential options have been fully considered should schools furlough those members of staff and seek support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The conditions to be met in order to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are:

  • the employee works in an area of business where services are temporarily not required and whose salary is not covered by public funding
  • the employee would otherwise be made redundant or laid off
  • the employee is not involved in delivering provision that has already been funded
  • (where appropriate) the employee is not required to deliver provision for a child of a critical worker and/or vulnerable child
  • the grant from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would not duplicate other public grants received and would not lead to financial reserves being created

The amount which can be reclaimed will be in line with the proportion of the paybill which could be considered to have been funded by a school’s private income.

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