STRB's 17th Report part 2

The report, the Government's reponse, Voice's response, April 2008

School Teachers’ Review Body’s 17th Report part 2

9 April 2008
 
Part 2 of the 17th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) covers the remainder of matters referred to the STRB in March 2007, the earlier matters being reported on in Part 1 of the Report published on 15 January 2008. (Government’s response, January 08.)  (Voice’s response, January 08, is below.) Further details: www.teachernet.gov.uk/pay.
 
The Secretary of State wrote to Barry Sheerman MP to notify him of the publication.
 
The Secretary of State is inviting comments on the STRB’s report and his response to its recommendations by 6 May 2008.

Voice’s response is below Details

Details

Teachers’ Professional Responsibilities

The STRB has recommended the following: 

Further to the recommendations in the STRB’s Sixteenth Report (pdf) that:

  • the Department, in consultation with all interested parties, take account of the STRB’s draft statement of teachers’ professional responsibilities in undertaking work to create an overarching statement of responsibilities for all teachers;
  • this statement be supplemented if required with short, high-level additions for Advanced Skills Teachers, Excellent Teachers, assistant, deputy and head teachers; and existing statements of professional responsibilities in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) be removed; and
  • in the areas for which it is responsible, the Department review against better regulation principles the regulatory framework for teachers’ and head teachers’ responsibilities and activities. 

Secretary of State: "I agree that account should be taken of the STRB’s draft statement for teachers as work develops in this area.  I agree that existing statements within the STPCD should be replaced in due course and that the overarching statement should be supplemented by high-level additions for other teachers, including those in the leadership group, as needed.  

"I am pleased to see that the STRB continues to take the view that professional responsibilities should be presented separately from other aspects of teachers’ conditions of employment.  However, I do believe that professional responsibilities and conditions of employment are inextricably linked and as such would want to see work in this area continue in parallel to ensure there is a coherent national framework for teachers and head teachers.  While I accept that the context in which teachers and head teachers work is still changing in response to the Children’s Plan in England and other developments in Wales, the current provisions in the STPCD are already running behind the needs of schools.  To enable schools to face the challenges of the 21st Century I believe it is essential that there is no loss of momentum and that this work should be taken forward as soon as possible.  I should welcome consultees’ views on the points made by the STRB, including on the question of timing. 

"The STRB is right to flag the importance of a clear regulatory framework. The Department always seeks to take better regulation principles into account when making statutory instruments and will continue to do so.  However, I am not minded to accept the specific recommendation for a one-off review of the regulatory framework for teachers and head teachers, because this is a matter which could most efficiently be taken forward as part of ongoing work." 

Leadership Group

The STRB has recommended that:

  • The Department’s work to make governance more effective pay particular attention to improving local effectiveness in managing and rewarding teachers.  This should address how to ensure all governing bodies have access to expert remuneration advice, and include consideration of the option of establishing specialist remuneration committees working across a group or federation of schools and services.
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  • The national framework of pay and conditions for leaders in the STPCD be changed to enable leaders to be paid for the full range of leadership arrangements.  This work should:

             -     be undertaken by the Review Body in the course of their next remit;

             -     encourage local innovation in establishing leadership arrangements;

             -     improve the consistency and transparency of remuneration for the leaders   concerned; and

            -     ensure that all payments to leaders for work in maintained schools and services are within the scope of the national framework.

  • The Review Body, in consultation with all interested parties, give consideration to what changes there should to be to pay arrangements for the leadership group as a whole:

           -     as a first stage, consultees consider the Review Body’s vision for leadership and reward principles and present them with written representations and evidence;

          -     work be completed in time for changes to the STPCD to be implemented from September 2011.

  • The Department and Welsh Assembly Government take steps to improve data to monitor the diversity of the workforce, including the entire leadership group.

Secretary of State: "I note the STRB’s recommendation that the Department work to improve the local effectiveness of governance in managing and rewarding teachers.  The Children’s Plan set out our vision for smaller, more effective governing bodies and our intention to consult on how this vision might be realised.  I have asked the Schools’ Minister, Jim Knight, to set up a working group of stakeholders to discuss the principles for reforming governance in this way.  It would be appropriate for this group to consider the points made by STRB in respect of local effectiveness in managing and rewarding teachers and the advice upon which governing bodies can rely when making decisions about teachers’ pay.  Governance in Wales is of course a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.

"I note the STRB’s recommendation for changes to the pay and conditions for leaders to allow them to be paid for the full range of leadership arrangements and agree that this work should be taken forward by the STRB in the course of its next remit. 

"I agree that changes are required as the current STPCD does not support some of the leadership structures that are needed in order to realise our vision of a 21st Century school represented in the Children’s Plan.  One size will not fit every school and we need to have a framework of pay and conditions that enables schools to adopt the leadership arrangements that will be most effective in their circumstances.  I would welcome consultees’ views on how flexible this framework should be in order to be capable of supporting both existing and emerging leadership arrangements. 

"I also support the STRB’s view that work on reflecting the full range of leadership arrangements should improve the consistency and transparency of the remuneration of members of the leadership group.  I believe that this work should link with work to develop a new set of professional responsibilities for all teachers and I invite views on this and on the timing of this work. 

"I agree that the STRB should as part of this work look at payments to leaders for work in maintained schools.  I agree that we should aim as far as possible to bring payments within the scope of the national framework; this should contribute to the aim of improving consistency and transparency.  I invite consultees’ views on the issues that arise. 

"I am grateful to the STRB for their comments on future pay arrangements for the leadership group as a whole.   We will want to consider their vision for leadership and reward principles in consultation with our social partners.  As for broader changes to leadership group pay arrangements, I believe it will be appropriate to consider these further in the light of developments with the pay and conditions of school leaders which follow considerations in relation to the next STRB remit.

"I welcome the recommendation concerning data in respect of England and the importance that the STRB places on improving the diversity of the workforce, including the leadership group.  Although the Department does not at present collect data centrally on the diversity of workforce with the exception of age and gender, the introduction of the School Workforce Census in 2010 will allow us to collect this data.  I recognise the urgency of this issue and in advance of 2010, we will consider in conjunction with social partners how we can make best use of data from other sources, including information from the National College of School Leadership’s Succession Planning consultants who are working with schools and local authorities." 

Short Notice Teachers

The STRB has recommended the following:
 

That: 

  • the amount paid in total to short notice teachers for each full day worked continue to represent 1/195th of the appropriate annual salary, but be articulated in future as two separate elements: payment for work done and a separate payment in respect of holidays;
  • arrangements for pro-rata payment for less that a full day’s work be aligned with those applying to part-time teachers when revised arrangements for the latter are settled;
  • the Department, in consultation with all interested parties, develop provisions for the STPCD to stipulate how the holiday element of short notice teachers’ pay should be calculated, ensuring that provisions are fully compliant with employment law;
  • provisions resulting from this work be introduced to the STPCD as soon as practicable.

Secretary of State: "I welcome these recommendations, which reached similar conclusions to the position taken in the evidence from the Rewards and Incentives Group on the legal issues with regard to holiday pay and short notice teachers.  I am minded to prepare amendments to the STPCD as recommended by the STRB to be effective from September 2008, in a two-stage change as proposed by RIG, as set out in paragraphs 4.14 – 4.15 of the STRB’s report.  I would welcome consultees’ views on this proposed approach." 

‘Unattached’ Teachers 

The STRB has recommended the following: 

That:

  • the Department, in consultation with all interested parties, consider adopting an appropriate alternative to the title ‘unattached teacher’;
  • NEOST and other consultees undertake work to ensure that all local authorities have a written pay policy for their teachers.

 

Secretary of State: "I am grateful to the STRB for giving specific attention in this report to the matter of unattached teachers, an issue which has been raised in reports for some considerable time.  I note their findings in the body of this report, that the available evidence does not suggest that unattached teachers are at a general disadvantage compared with other teachers.  I would welcome comments on the STRB’s recommendation that an alternative title might be adopted, specifically on their suggestion of ‘local authority teacher’.  As regards the question of pay policies, since they are a statutory requirement I must endorse the STRB’s recommendation that more should be done to ensure that they are in place, and I invite consultees’ views as to what strategies might usefully be taken forward to promote their adoption." 

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Voice press release: 10 April 2008

Statement on STRB’s 17th Report part 2

Voice: the union for education professionals has commented on Part 2 of the 17th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body

General Secretary Philip Parkin said: "Voice welcomes the STRB’s report. 

"The Report recognises the job size of members of the Leadership Group and signposts the way forward in seeking appropriate remuneration for this group. Voice is concerned, however, by the proposed timescale for completing this work. These are real issues now, and a delay until 2011 is unhelpful." 

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Contact: Voice Press Office (pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk),General Secretary Philip Parkin or Principal Officer (Pay & Conditions) Deborah Simpson (deborahsimpson@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372 337.

 

 


 

Voice press release: 15 January 2008

 

Statement on teachers’ pay and further details

 

While welcoming the Government’s acceptance (15 January 2008) of the recommendations on teachers’ pay of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the Professional Association of Teachers (Voice) hasexpressed concern that the proposed pay increases - although higher than expected - still fall well below the current and recent levels of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) (4.3%) and represent a pay cut in real terms. 

General Secretary Philip Parkin said: "Teachers may well be disappointed with this. This is a pay cut in real terms and teachers will see it as such. 

"There will be considerable disquiet that the gains made in recent years are now being reversed and that teachers’ pay will fall further behind inflation over the next three years as prices and living costs continue to rise.  

"This concern is further compounded by the recent announcement on minimum funding guarantee of 2.1% for schools for the next three years. In considering both announcements together, it would appear that the salaries of teachers will be worth less in real terms and that the ability of schools to afford even these modest increases is going to be severely tested without further cuts in resource allocation. 

"Voice has supported multi-year settlements in the past, as they can provide for stability and allow schools to plan more effectively in the medium term; but they must also be flexible enough to react to the economic climate of the day and take inflationary pressures into account. The Government’s recent failure to implement the reopener clause under the terms of the last settlement has undermined teachers’ confidence in multi-year settlements." 

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Contacts: General Secretary Philip Parkin (philipparkin@pat.org.uk), Principal Officer (Pay & Conditions) Deborah Simpson (deborahsimpson@pat.org.uk) or Communications Officer Richard Fraser in the Voice Press Office (pressoffice@pat.org.uk) on 01332 372 337.


Further details

Children, Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls today (15 January 2008) announced that he accepts the three-year pay recommendations of the School Teachers? Review Body (STRB) for a 2.45 per cent pay rise for teachers from September 2008, with additional increases for some London teachers, and increases of 2.3 per cent per year from 2009 and 2010.

 The principal recommendations the Secretary of State proposes to implement are:

  • a 2.45 per cent pay rise for teachers from September 2008;
  • a minimum starting salary of £25,000 for teachers in inner London and £24,000 for teachers in outer London from September 2008;
  • increases in the value of the upper pay scale of 3.45 per cent in inner London and of up to 3.98 per cent in outer London from September 2008;
  • increases of 2.45 per cent in the value of special educational needs allowances and teaching and learning responsibility payments; and
  • a review of the current pay bands, taking into account local labour market needs.

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