Pupils under school leaving age who want to work, before or after school or at the weekend, need to hold a work permit. Pupils can get application forms from the council’s area offices. Their contacts details are in the important contacts section at the end of this handbook. Forms must be completed by employers, parents and the head teacher and returned to the area office. Permitted working hours during term time are 2 hours per school day, 2 hours on a Sunday and 8 hours (over 15 years of age) or 5 Hours (under 15 years of age) for any other day (i.e. Saturday). Out with term time the maximum total working hours in a week are 25 hours for those under 15 years of age and 35 hours for those over 15 years.
Parents are asked to cooperate with the school to make sure that the amount of time spent working doesn’t interfere with homework and studying for SQA examinations.