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There has never been a more exciting, or uncertain, time to be a self-employed worker in Education and Children’s Services (ECS). As the world changes around us, new opportunities are opening up everyday and Prospect is here to help you forge a strong path into the future, as well as support you in your career now .

Our members are based throughout the UK, and work across a range of sectors serving the interests of children and young people, including the public, private, faith, voluntary and community sectors.

As a self-employed member you get access to specialist advice and support on salaries, contracts, conditions of service, workloads, pensions and other work-related issues including:

  • Independent, impartial advice on issues such as discrimination or tax.
  • Access to James Hallam and Prospect’s Professional Liability Insurance deal and other financial products which can save you significant sums of money in the long run.
  • Guidance on dealing with the admin side of things, so your job doesn’t turn into a nightmare of stress and paperwork.
  • Ensuring that you’re treated fairly by temporary employers, including chasing monies owed.
  • Fighting for a new deal for freelancers and the self-employed.

We have a dedicated team of negotiators – highly trained specialists with an in-depth knowledge of employment law and issues arising from public sector reforms.

We believe that we’re stronger when we come together and share knowledge and support. 

Education Eye Newsletter

We send a digital newsletter with the latest news, information and resources to our members in Education and Children’s Services four times a year. The latest issue is available here: Education Eye, November 2021.

Find out more about Prospect’s Education and Children’s Sector

Resources for self-employed members

Tax for freelancers: A guide to Prospect members
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Prospect/Bectu Small Claims Guidance
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Who we represent

  • Advisory headteachers
  • Directors and managers of children’s services
  • School improvement and early years advisers
  • Education welfare officers
  • Youth and community service officers
  • Early years professionals
  • 14-19 coordinators



  • Heads of Sure Start
  • Ofsted inspectors
  • Parent partnership staff
  • Self-employed consultants
  • Early help specialists
  • Commissioning staff

Standards for education and children’s services professionals

We have thoroughly updated and revised key documents defining the standards needed to work in education and children’s services.
See the documents

Support with your finances

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