Sunday, 12 December 2010

Teachers Pay and Conditions

This week I have been reading the Teachers Pay & Conditions 2010 document. A whooping 195 page document and hardly a riveting read!

However as part of Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act passed by the previous government in October last year governing bodies have a duty to enforce it and can be sanctioned
by the local authority if they fail to do so. The ultimate sanction after a warning is to appoint additional governors,suspend the schools delegated budget or replace the governing body with an Interim Executive Board.

Local authorities and governing bodies are required to have regard to the statutory guidance, and in respect of guidance on procedural matters a court or tribunal may take any failure to do so into account in any proceedings.

The main changes to the Document since 2009 are as follows (paragraph references are to paragraphs in the Document):

(a) pay scales bringing in a 2.3% pay award from 1 September 2010 have been incorporated (paragraphs 6.4, 17.3, 19.2, 27.1, 33.3 and 35.2)

(b) an increase of 2.3% in the value of the TLR1 and TLR2 ranges (paragraph 21.2) from 1 September 2010; and a requirement to increase all TLRs in payment by 2.3% from 1 September 2010 (paragraph 22)

(c) a new SEN range of between £2,001 and £3,954 together with revised criteria replaces the previous system of two separate and defined SEN allowances (paragraph 25.1)

(d) additional increases for some main and upper pay scale teachers in inner London

(e) revised provisions for the threshold assessment process (paragraphs 19)

(f) the provisions which relate to teachers’ conditions of employment and professional responsibilities have been revised and restructured (Parts 8 to 10).

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