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Your school will benefit from the following cover features, included in your policy as standard...

AA rated insurer

All our policies are underwritten by an ‘AA-’ rated insurer, ensuring our schools won’t be left out of pocket and will receive their claim settlements quickly.

Price guarantee

We’re so confident that we can offer the best price for your staff absence insurance policy that if you find the same policy elsewhere, we'll beat it!

Stress cover

Cover for stress related absences can be added to your policy for 30 days or 190 days cover.

No claim history

You don’t need to submit a claims history to take out cover with us. Simply provide your chosen daily benefit, full time equivalent and waiting day period.

Multi-year policies

We now offer the option of a multi-year policy, ensuring that your schools staff absences will be covered for up to three years.

Fast settlement

We have one of the fastest average claim payment times in the industry, just four working days.

Oh support

Your staff will have access to an unlimited amount of occupational health assessments, pre-placement screenings and use of a 24-hour support helpline.

Maternity cover

You can choose to cover potential maternity absences up to £5,000 for teaching staff. 50% of the chosen amount will be paid for support staff.

Extra features

We cover non-sickness related absences such as accidents, jury service, paternity and much more.

Who are Teacher Absence?

From who we are to what we do – our paperless ebrochure introduces your school to our company, policy and partners.

We do things differently.

This document tells you everything you need to know about our honest, open and transparent approach to staff absence insurance.

Our terms of business.

No false promises, hidden documents or unexpected small print. Download our TOBA to make sure you’re happy with everything before you take out cover.


Get a quote.

Simply tell us how many staff you’d like to cover and you’ll be provided with an instant price in seconds.


Confirm cover.

Once you’re happy with everything, we can talk you through our T&C’s and place you on cover over the phone.


Submit staff list.

Via your client area, tell us which staff you’d like to insure. All we need is their name, DOB, FTE and email address.


Teacher absence.

Unfortunately absence is evitable, and members of staff will not be able to attend work for an array of reasons.


Make a claim.

You can do this online via your client area - simply tell us which member of staff is absent and why.


Claim settlement.

If you claim is valid, we’ll send your settlement via BACS payment. On average this takes five working days.

Getting a quote is

Our new quote process is quick and easy to complete, allowing you to get a price for your insurance in a matter of seconds.


Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about our staff absence insurance.

01.Why do we need absence insurance?
Staff absence insurance will help to protect your school against unplanned expenses incurred as a result of staff absences. In the unfortunate event that a member of staff is taken critically ill and has to take time off work, supply cover can be an unexpected expense for a long period of time. Often this will not have been budgeted for and funds may need to be allocated from other areas of the school. Our insurance protects you against such eventualities, allowing you to manage your budget more closely and ensure that financially at least, you don’t have any nasty surprises.
02.What will we be covered for?
Generally speaking you will be covered for unplanned absence days due to sickness or bodily injury after your chosen waiting day period. You’ll also be covered for non-sickness days such as bereavement (death of a direct relative), jury service, adoption and paternity leave. There are additional cover options for stress / mental health related issues and maternity absences. Visit the policy cover section for more details.
03.What are your exclusions?
We’ll always pay your claim if we can, however there are some things that aren’t included in the policy. Our policy doesn’t cover any pre-existing condition whereby the member of staff has been absent for five days or more in the 12 months before your policy start date for the same (or related) reason. Similarly, we don’t cover for the undergoing of any planned or recommended medical procedure for which a member of staff had suffered symptoms of or been treated for up to 24 months prior to the policy start date. For a full list of exclusions please read your policy.
04.Why are you so cheap?
We don’t attend conferences, send out brochures or partake in expensive advertising campaigns. Offering such a no frills, paperless policy means that we’re able to pass these savings onto you.
05.How do we get a quote?
It’s easy, just visit the quote section of our website and complete the form. If you’d rather talk to us we can provide you with a quote over the phone too. Our number is 0800 862 0656.
06.What do I need to provide for a quote?
We need very little information to provide a quote for your school. Your chosen FTE, daily benefit and waiting day period enables us to provide you with a quote instantly.
07.Will you insure clusters of schools?
Yes. We know that schools can be organised in clusters for all sorts of reasons, including being part of the Local Education Authority, be feeders for a secondary school or be a group of specialist colleges. Whatever your situation, it could be far more cost effective to arrange your insurance cover for the cluster rather than the individual school. Our fast, cost effective and online insurance provision makes our teacher absence insurance perfect for clusters of schools looking to manage their staff absences.
08.Do you offer discounts for clusters?
We pride ourselves on simple, efficient and cost-effective teacher absence solutions. Therefore we offer discounts and additional benefits for clusters of schools so please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.
09.We've found a cheaper quote - can you match it?
Better than that, we’ll beat it and also send you £100 in book vouchers to say sorry. Simply send us the like-for-like quote to review and we’ll get back to you soon.
10.How do I arrange cover?
Once you’ve received your quote you can either accept the terms and condition and click ‘put me on cover’ or give us a call and let us take care of the rest.
11.How do we make a claim?
All claims can be handled online to make it as quick and easy as possible for you. Please remember to submit your claim as soon as possible and within the policy time limits. The sooner you make your claim, the sooner we’ll be able to pay you.
12.What do we do when staff members change?
Your entire policy can be managed online within your client area meaning you can update your staff list at any time. It’s important to keep this up to date as any new members of staff not on the list will not be insured.
13.What security does your client area have?
Our client area is fully SSL secured, so all of your personal data will be 100% safe and secure. Moreover we never pass any of your data on to any other companies. We manage our claims in house so we don’t even need to pass your details onto loss adjusters.
14.We have a complaint, who should we contact?
If you feel you have cause for complaint this should be made to the complaints section of the client portal of the Teacher Absence Limited website. We will investigate your concerns and provide you with a written response setting out the outcome and reason. If we cannot resolve the complaint to your satisfaction, you may, if eligible, refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Normally to be eligible you must be an individual consumer or a micro-enterprise or a charity or trustee of a trust under a certain size. However, you can find the full FOS eligibility criteria on their website. The FOS can be contacted at: Financial Ombudsman Service Exchange Tower Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9SR Telephone: 0800 0234 567 or 0300 123 9 123 Facsimile: 020 7964 1001 Email: complaint.info@financial-ombudsman.org.uk www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk

We find the website and client area very user-friendly. The staff are always helpful, efficient and knowledgeable when we need to contact them, and their prices are competitive.

The Bishop Harvey Goodwin School

We have used Teacher Absence for a number of years to provide our staff insurance. We have found them to be competitively priced and the staff helpful and knowledgeable.

Scorton Village Pre-School

Their online portal makes updating staff and making a claim easy. On occasions I have had to contact the company direct for advice and found their responses quick and helpful.

Roundwood Primary School

Claims are easy to submit via the excellent client area and are processed through to payment smoothly with good communication from our dedicated client manager.

St Nicolas' Church of England Combined School

Easy to use website, useful e-mail reminders for claim documentation, prompt settlement of claims.

Blackwater Community Primary School

We have made a couple of claims and have found the process to be easy to follow and payment has been made promptly.

Minety Church of England Primary School

Claims are dealt with in a very professional, efficient and fair way. The staff are extremely helpful and nothing is too much trouble.

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School


XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited

Our policy is underwritten by XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited, which operates under the AXA XL brand. AXA XL is one of the world’s leading insurance organisations focused on P&C (non-life) insurance and reinsurance activities. Their companies have strong relationships with the world’s leading global, regional and independent brokers.

XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited has the following financial strength ratings: S&P AA-, Fitch AA-, Moody’s Aa3, demonstrating its financial strength. XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (Firm Reference No. 423308) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Further details can be found on the Financial Services Register here.

Our relationship with XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited means our clients will benefit from the support of a financially stable and flexible insurer, as well as enjoying the protection of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (subject to qualifying criteria) in the unlikely event that XL Insurance Company SE becomes unable to meet its commitments. Teacher Absence Limited is authorised by XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited to issue policies, administer them and settle claims on their behalf.