Prospect relaunches website for ECS self-employed members

9 February 2021

A new online portal for self-employed professionals working in Education and Children’s Services has been set-up by Prospect with the latest information and resources.

The hub is aimed at recruiting new members, as well as existing members who can access useful documents such as Prospect guides on Tax for Freelancers, Small Claims Guidance and our Professional Standards.

>>> See the new webpage here.

Prospect’s self-employed education professionals represent one of the largest groups of self-employed members in the union outside of the Bectu sector.

They work across the education sector serving in diverse roles such as advisory headteachers, early years specialists, school improvement consultants, Head Teacher Performance Management external advisers, Ofsted inspectors and SEND specialists.

On the launch of the new website, Prospect national secretary, Steve Thomas, said:

“I’m delighted to relaunch the new website that signals the intent of the ECS Group, and Prospect to get behind members working in education whatever their employment status.

“We have a strong, loyal group of members in ECS including a sizeable self-employed group, and while there are many professional ties and shared interests across our membership, it’s important that we provide support a variety of good quality support for all.

“Our website relaunch is one part of this, and we are actively reviewing how else we might build on our offering.”


Self-employed members can benefit from Prospect’s specialist advice and support on salaries, contracts, conditions of service, workloads, pensions and other work-related issues.

In particular, self-employed and freelance members can get help with:

  • Tax advice via the new tax guidance document and personalised queries.
  • Payment chasing via the Member Contact Centre and relevant officials.

Prospect’s ECS group also has a key focus on helping its members continue their professional development through our updated Standards and Principles documents.

In addition, Prospect members in education can obtain Professional Liability Insurance through our partnership with Graybrook Hallam.

Some of the specialist resources may require members to register and login to the Prospect website before they can be downloaded.

Education and children's services

Prospect represents nearly 3,000 professionals in education, children's services, early years, commissioning and children's social care.