School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) and Pay & Conditions: latest updates

Date: 21.09.17
Teachers’ pay & conditions (England & Wales)

September 2017

Update

Treasury letter to STRB


August 2017

Joint advice on pay

Joint Advice on School Teachers' Pay 2017-18 (England & Wales)


July 2017

STRB's 27th report and Secretary of State's response

Joint unions' and Voice’s responses to the STRB  (28 July 2017) 

27th report of School Teacher’s Review Body (STRB) on teachers’ pay and Secretary of State’s response, and comments from Voice. (10 July 2017)


6 January 2017

Joint union evidence

Joint evidence to the STRB on school funding and teacher pay 


7 December 2016

STRB evidence

 Voice's Written submission to the STRB, November 2016

(Education Secretary's evidence)


31 October 2016

Wales

Teachers' pay and conditions in Wales to be devolved (Voice Cymru opposed)


25 October 2016 

STRB's Remit

Remit letter for 2017 


25 August 2016

DfE update

DfE's statutory guidance and here.


21 July 2016

Joint union advice on teachers' pay from September 2016

Joint Advice on School Teachers’ Pay 2016-17 (pdf


6 July 2016 

STRB's 26th Report 

School Teachers’ Review Body: 26th report, 2016
Statement to Parliament, DfE

School Teachers' Review Body 26th Report: 2016
Independent report DfE, OME and STRB

Commenting on the report, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We are pleased that the STRB has recognised what we have been saying, and has recommended a pay rise ‘significantly higher’ than 1% in future to address teacher shortages.

"However, we are disappointed by the recommendation of just 1% for teachers in England and Wales from this September. This does not address the recruitment and retention crisis.”

Contacts:

General Secretary Deborah Lawson
Email: deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk

Voice Press Office
Email: pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk


June 2016 

STRB's 26th Report delayed 

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), which advises the Secretary of State on matters of teachers’ pay, was due to publish its 26th Report at the end of April. This report, which is to recommend on pay uplift for teachers for the academic year 2016 – 2017, has, however, been delayed by the Government’s self-imposed ‘purdah’ ahead of the EU Referendum. 

Voice understands that the report will be released for consultation simultaneously with the consultation on the draft 2016 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). We will, of course, keep members up to date once the recommendations are known.


December 2015 

STRB evidence

Written Submission to the STRB, November 2015


11 August 2015 

Teachers' Upper Pay range

How to apply (DfE)


30 July 2015

Voice Official Response 2158: Consultation on the Draft 2015 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) following the School Teachers’ Review Body’s (STRB) 25th Report


8 July 2015

School Teachers' Pay 2015-2016

Pay Scale Points 2015-2016 (pdf) (joint union advice)  

Latest STRB updates and reports and confirmations from DfE


26 March 2015  

Departmental advice ...

... to help schools and governing bodies develop their approach to teachers' and leadership pay: www.gov.uk/government/publications/reviewing-and-revising-school-teachers-pay

Pay Scales, notes and updates (Voice)


12 March 2015

School Teachers' Review Body 25th Report: 2015

The STRB's 25th report

Secretary of State's Statement to Parliament

Further STRB documents 

There will follow a six week period of consultation during which the unions will be invited to comment on the Secretary of State’s response.

Principal Officer Deborah Simpson commented:

“Once again, this is too little for too few. As pay is now performance-related, there is no expectation that all will get 2%, 1% or indeed anything. The STRB makes it plain that it is up to schools.”


12 March 2015

Voice's Election Manifesto 2015:

Voice's Election Manifesto 2015 includes a section on teachers' pay and conditions


18 December 2014

Evidence to STRB

General Secretary Deborah Lawson, Principal Officer (Pay & Conditions) Deborah Simpson and National Chairman Geraldine Everett have given oral evidence to the STRB on the 2015 pay award for teachers. 

Today they asked about teacher recruitment and retention and use of bursaries as an incentive to train in specific subject areas.

The Review Body is keen to look at this award as a tool to recruit, motivate and maintain the right number of teachers. Its report is due to be published in February 2015. 

The full written submission from Voice and the join union submission are below:


31 October 2014 

Written submission to the School Teachers’ Review Body

Submission from Voice and joint union submission


September 2014

FAQ/main changes

Frequently Asked Questions on teachers' pay and conditions (including DfE's Implementing your school’s approach to pay – Departmental advice for maintained schools and local authorities and Joint Circular on pay ranges and reference points (pdf) (September 2014))

DfE guidance

DfE advice


18 July 2014

STRB and STPCD consultation

Voice's consultation response


10 June 2014

STRB Report

24th Report


29 May 2014 

New Guidance from DfE

Reviewing school leaders' and teachers' pay and conditions

Interim school teachers' pay and conditions 2014

 


6 May 2014

Voice's Official Response 2044: Consultation on the draft 2014 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document following the STRB’s 23rd Report


13 March 2014 

Voice's Official Response 2036: STRB’s 23rd Report and Secretary of State’s response


13 February 2014

Written ministerial statement by the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove on the School Teachers' Review Body's 23rd report  and his  detailed response.

The STRB's 23rd report 2014

Voice's news release


 

24 January 2014 

Voice's Supplementary evidence on the October 2013 remit letter from the Secretary of State to the School Teachers’ Review Body


20 December 2013

Voice's Written Submission to the STRB, December 2013

(The DfE's submission)  


September 2013 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on teachers' pay and conditions

 


26 July 2013

Consultation on the Secretary of State's response to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB)'s 22nd Report 2013 and on the revised draft School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD)

Voice's response (Word)


26 June 2013 

“Disappointing but expected” pay recommendations for teachers and spending review

Commenting on the latest report from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) and on the Chancellor’s Spending Review (26 June 2013), Deborah Lawson, General Secretary of Voice: the union for education professionals, said:

“The recommended pay increase for teachers is disappointing but what was realistically expected. It is better than nothing but does not recognise the dedication and hard work of teachers in managing the enormous upheavals that they are experiencing.

“The forthcoming strikes by other unions will do nothing to change the situation and will only make matters worse by alienating the public and quickening the pace of the Government’s and media’s ‘teacher bashing’, to quote a phrase from Voice in the report.

“However, we are pleased that the STRB seems to have taken on board the unions’ evidence-based concerns about recruitment and retention and has also identified them through its own analysis.    

“We also welcome the highlighting of Voice’s  concerns about newly qualified teachers and about morale in the report, and our point that ‘a world-class system will not be achieved by allowing teachers’ pay to become uncompetitive’.

 “In terms of the Spending Review, we would welcome afairer funding formula for schools but we will need to see the details. 

“School budgets might be 'ring fenced' but higher education and other education budgets face cuts and freezes.

“The extra money for free schools is a distraction from the real business of education funding – a sideshow that takes resources away from more urgent and necessary priorities elsewhere.

“We are also deeply concerned about the cuts to local government and the impact that they will have on schools, staff and support services for children.

“The Chancellor’s glee as he talked about scaling back the public sector and the pay of those who work in it leaves a nasty taste.”

Further information

STRBSchool Teachers' Review Body: 22nd report (pdf)

DfE: Notes on STRB report and pay increase

HM Treasury:  Spending Review 2013


18 June 2013

Voice's Written Submission to the STRB, June 2013


May 2013

Further information on pay and pay progression (Blog)


16 April 2013

DfE update:

Draft STPCD 2013 and departmental advice on teachers' pay 


14 March 2013 

Supplementary submission to the STRB, March 2013

Voice's supplementary submission (Word)


 20 February 2013

Written Submission by Voice to School Teachers’ Review Body

Written Submission by Voice to School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on the Secretary of State’s Remit Letter of 17 January 2013: February 2013 

 


15 January 2013

Voice comments on Education Secretary’s statement on teachers’ pay

Commenting on the Department for Education’s press statement “More freedom on teachers' pay”, Deborah Lawson, General Secretary of Voice: the union for education professionals, said:

“We welcomed some aspects of the STRB’s recommendations, including the retention of a broad national framework and an upper pay spine, simplification of progression onto the upper pay spine, greater flexibility around the use of recruitment and retention payments and the introduction of fixed-term payments for time-limited projects. The flexibility to pay teachers above the Upper Pay Spine (UPS) to keep excellent practitioners in the classroom was also welcome.

“However, it must be remembered, despite much of the reporting of this issue, that pay progression is already performance-related for some higher paid teachers.

“Voice is not fundamentally opposed to performance-based progression, but in order for this to work, appraisal has to be very clear and robust.  Teachers have to trust the system and also the objectivity of decisions made on the basis of appraisal. 

“Doing away with the national spine points and giving schools the power to fix their own points within maxima and minima is a flexibility too far.

“There will be no comparison or parity from school to school and teachers’ pay and career progression will be at the whim of a teacher’s head and governors.

“Teachers transferring school cannot be guaranteed to maintain their salary level. It will be a free-for-all. It is in heads’ interests to keep salary levels and staffing costs low.  Equally there is the possibility of an artificial pay inflation, which many schools can ill afford, if they have to compete locally to attract staff.

“There is the real possibility of teachers doing similar jobs in different schools being paid and progressing at very different rates.

“The stated intention behind this proposed change is to enable heads to accelerate the pay progression of teachers who are performing well, Voice fears that complete discretion at school level may well have the opposite effect.

“However, the priority now has to be our members. We want to work with all parties concerned to develop a robust performance management system that fair and consistently applied.

“Working and negotiating to achieve the best possible outcome for our members, while supporting those they serve, is at the heart of Voice’s service to its members.”

Further information

Confirmation on teachers' pay from Education Secretary (DfE)

Have your say on the Voice Blog


7 January 2013:

Voice's Official Response  

Voice’s Response to Consultation on Secretary of State’s response to School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) – 21st Report – 2012

 


5 December 2012 

21st Report of School Teachers’ Review Body

The 21st Report of School Teachers’ Review Body published today (5 December 2012) proposes:

  • "ending pay increases based on length of service;
  • linking all teachers’ pay progression to performance, based on annual appraisals – already the case for some teachers who are on a higher pay scale;
  • abolishing mandatory pay points within the pay scales for classroom teachers to give schools greater freedom on how much teachers are paid. They would remain in place for reference only in the main pay scale to guide career expectations for new teachers entering the profession; and
  • retaining the higher pay bands for London and fringe areas".

Subject to a statutory consultation, the Coalition Government intends to accept the key recommendations, with the changes coming into effect from September 2013.


News release: 5 December 2012 

Voice comments on STRB report

Commenting on the key recommendations of the 21st School Teachers’ Review Body report published today (5 December 2012), Deborah Simpson, Principal Officer (Pay & Conditions) with Voice: the union for education professionals, said: 

“We welcome the retention of a broad national framework, the retention of the upper pay spine and the simplification of progression onto the upper pay spine, using a single set of standards rather than the current two.

“We also welcome the greater flexibility around the use of recruitment and retention payments and the introduction of fixed-term payments for time-limited projects. These seem to make sense.

“The flexibility to pay teachers above the Upper Pay Spine (UPS) to keep excellent practitioners in the classroom is also welcome. However, given the recent experience with the Excellent Teacher scheme, which aimed to do the same thing, whether schools will actually use this is open to question.

“Whilst pay progression is performance-related now (although not widely acknowledged on the main pay spine) and we can live with that, doing away with the national spine points and giving schools the power to fix their own points within maxima and minima is a flexibility too far.

“There will be no comparison or parity from school to school and teachers’ pay and career progression will be at the whim of a teacher’s head and governors. Teachers transferring school cannot be guaranteed to maintain their salary level. It will be a free-for-all.

“The transparency that we have worked so hard to achieve in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) will be eroded, with the real possibility of teachers doing similar jobs in different schools being paid and progressing at very different rates.

“Whilst the STRB say that career stages will be recognised, reaching them will differ depending on which school a teacher is in.” 


Further information:

School Teachers' Review Body 21st Report (pdf)

DfE press statement

Unions' evidence to STRB and research reports

 


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Contacts:

Director of Member Services Deborah Simpson
Email: deborahsimpson@voicetheunion.org.uk

General Secretary Deborah Lawson
Email: deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk

Voice Press Office
Email: pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk

Tel: 01332 372337