We are not aware if this specific case concerns a worker in the education sector, however, the details of the case itself is interesting in that it provides clarification as to your position if, for example, your employer sought to dismiss you on your current terms of conditions of employment to later re-engage you on less favourable terms. This would be under the disguise of making costs savings within work.
It has recently been reported that some local authorities have issued dismissal notices to their entire staff, offering to immediately re-engage them at a lower rate of pay. A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the correct test to be applied when considering the fairness of a dismissal in these circumstances.
The employer in this case needed to cut costs and improve profits. In order to avoid redundancies, it asked all 77 of its employees to accept a pay cut of 5%. All but one of them eventually agreed. The claimant was dismissed and brought a claim for unfair dismissal against the company, which was upheld by the Employment Tribunal.
See also: Your rights: Dismissal (Worksmart)