Can anybody offer advice with regards to a member of our support staff completing a self funded teacher training course. Historically we were supporting teacher training via the Trust TSA until the Trust receive a FNTI. The member of staff decided to go ahead with the course and self fund it on the basis the school would support her to complete it. The support would consist of access to the timetable to support her teaching experience and 5 weeks leave so a work placement can be completed. The school are happy to support, however I have a question around the 5 weeks leave and should this be paid or unpaid leave? I have looked through all policies however this is not covered as it is no longer via the TSA. What would you do in this situation? I am hoping to support this employee but also conscious about setting a precedence to other staff members.