Transfer of staff (TUPE)

The transfer of staff in and out of schools.

Before you consider any change in your school which involves transferring staff from one employer to another (that means moving staff into or out of your school) you must get advice.

Details of where to get the help and support you need are shown under Contact us

The transfer of staff from one employer to another – into or out of schools - is an important process which must be carried out correctly 

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE Regulations) applies to most situations where staff working in schools are transferred between employers.

Examples include:

  • transferring staff from being employed by a school to being employed by a contractor, e.g. cleaning, catering, extended services staff
  • the transfer of staff into a school, e.g. staff from a local pre-school if it is agreed to bring the pre-school into a school, or when a school decides to stop using a contractor and bring its catering or cleaning in-house
  • the transfer of staff from one contractor to another contractor when a school decides to let a contract to a different service provider
  • the transfer of all staff when a school converts to become an academy.

Responsibilities and safeguarding rights

The TUPE regulations safeguard the rights of members of staff. It is essential that headteachers and governing bodies understand their responsibilities to make sure the TUPE requirements are met in any situation where staff are to be transferred from one employer to another.

These responsibilities include formal consultation with staff and their representatives, providing accurate information about the members of staff being transferred (which must be done to comply with Data Protection rules and regulations) and making sure the staff who are transferring to another employer are provided with an appropriate pension scheme.

Schools must also make sure they follow the financial procedures when they are considering letting or re-letting contracts for services. This information forms part of the Financial Manual of Guidance for schools.

Essential help and support

You must get the correct information and guidance you need before you start.

  • Becoming an academy: specific information is available for schools considering converting to an academy.
  • TUPE and other HR guidance: contact Education Personnel Services (EPS) to make sure any changes which involve transferring staff (into or out of your school) are managed properly.
  • Pensions: contact pensions teams to make sure they know there will be staff changes (staff transferring into or out of your school)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for non-teaching staff: pension.services@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • Teachers Pensions: hradvicedesk@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Contact details

For pay queries please contact IBC.

For professional HR advice and support (Maintained schools) contact the Education Personnel Service (EPS)