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UK: Statutory guidelines on school teachers’ pay and conditions 2014 released

In its 24th report, the STRB stated "the majority of the teacher unions sought a pay award higher than 1%, arguing this was necessary to ensure future teacher supply and that the Government should make additional funding available."
EdChron Desk on August 10, 2014 - 2:55 pm in EdNews, MAIN, U.K., World

 

WORLD / U.K. – The UK government has published on 8th August 2014 its statutory guidance for school teachers’ pay and conditions.

National framework for teachers’ pay

In June 2014, the then-Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove’s written ministerial statement on the 24th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body was published. In it, he accepted in full the recommendations of the STRB to for a 1% uplift of the national framework for teachers’ pay from September 2014. The uplift will be applied to the minima and maxima of all the pay ranges and allowances in the national pay framework, including the:

  • unqualified teachers’ pay range
  • main pay range
  • upper pay range
  • leading practitioner pay range
  • leadership pay range
  • headteacher groups teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) allowance pay ranges
  • special educational needs (SEN) allowance pay range

Other recommendations for implementation

The STRB also recommended:

  • for those on individual pay ranges, schools determine locally how to take account of the uplift to the national framework in making individual pay progression decisions and consider how individual pay ranges should be uplifted
  • the pay of teachers on the minima and maxima of their range and of headteachers on the minima and maxima of their pay band be uplifted to the new minima and maxima in September 2014
  • DfE make clear that, in revising their pay policies for 2014 to 2015, schools should consider, and set out, how any pay decisions for those on the maxima of pay ranges in September 2015 will take account of performance in applying any uplift to the national framework
  • DfE uprate by 1% the reference points in its advice to schools, for the purpose of guiding September 2014 pay decisions
  • that schools who have not adopted the reference points set out in DfE advice consider how to apply the 1% uplift to the national framework to their local policy
  • that DfE make clear that all schools should revise their pay policies for 2014 to 2015, and set locally determined arrangements for performance-related progression as a basis for decisions on pay in September 2015
  • that DfE make clear in advice to schools the scope for the most able teachers to progress rapidly through the main and upper pay ranges, where justified by consistently excellent performance, to the leading practitioner and leadership pay ranges

Unions say 1% pay award not enough

In its 24th report, the STRB stated “the majority of the teacher unions sought a pay award higher than 1%, arguing this was necessary to ensure future teacher supply and that the Government should make additional funding available. They noted that recruitment and retention would become more challenging as the economy recovered; and raised concerns about recruitment to initial teacher training and on teachers’ motivation and morale. However, the employers told us that a 1% award would itself be a cost pressure and anything higher would present some schools with very significant affordability challenges.”

“We set out above our assessment of the recruitment and retention pressures. It is clear that many schools face significant competitive pressures, but in parts of the country teachers’ pay remains attractive for good graduates. Given the considerable variation in labour market challenges, both between regions and frequently between localities; the scope schools now have to respond to local issues using pay flexibility; and affordability pressures on schools, we recommend, on balance, a 1% uplift to the minima and maxima of all the pay ranges in the national pay framework, including the national TLR and SEN ranges.”

To download the September 2014 statutory guidance on teacher’s pay and conditions for teachers in England and Wales, click here.

To download the School Teachers’ Review Body 24th Report (2014), click here.

 

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