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Staff Absence Insurance

Standard features of our 2024 insurance policy

At Harrington Bates, we offer cover for the absence types most likely to affect our schools’ staff.

It is easy to ignore less prevalent absence types for the simple reason that they occur less frequently. However, the length of these absences is often significantly longer, which can cause a huge strain on a school’s staffing budget. To address this, we offer a wide-reaching policy which recognises such absence types and includes cover for them as standard. Whether your staff are absent due to adoption, bereavement or jury service, we’ve got you covered.

What’s more, unlike many providers we don’t apply additional excess periods for these absences, providing your school with greater value and more money when you claim.

Taking out a policy with us will ensure that your school will benefit from the following policy features, included as standard:

•      Accidents

•      Compassionate leave

•      Bereavement and bereavement reaction leave

•      Cover for phased returns

•      Cover for paternity and adoption leave

•      Cover for maternities conceived before your policy start date

•      Cover for pregnancy related sickness up to 24 weeks

•      No chronic conditions exclusions

•      Jury Service

•      Stranded staff, LEA/Union duties and death in service

•      Policies from a financially secure insurer

•      Choose your own daily benefit and waiting period

•      Option of an annual, continuous or multi-year policy


•     Client focused claims process designed to pay out

•     Self certification of absence; no need for claims paperwork!

•     A personalised client portal to log your claims

•     Claims made by BACS payment

•     The fastest claims payment time in industry; just 5 days!

•     Specialist health and wellbeing support service

•     24-hour counselling helpline

•     Occupational health assessments

•     Counselling

•     Physiotherapy

•     Pre-placement screening

•     Stress coaching

•     Menopause support therapy

Simply tell us your required basis of cover and we'll provide you with an instant price