HR Service for Schools
HR information for school managers and schools-based employees
Industrial Action called for 17th October 2013
The Department for Education has asked local authorities to participate in a voluntary data collection exercise about schools affected. As in 2011, they will ask for forecasts of school closure by noon on the Friday before the strike (11th), with an update by 3pm on the day before the strike (16th). Guidance was sent to schools on 10th October 2013 as follows;
DfE advice to schools on handling strike action is available on the Department's website.
A pay award of 1% has been made for teachers (form 1st September 2013) and support staff (from 1st April 2013).
Apprentices paid on the National Minimum Wage will not receive this 1% increase; their pay will increase as a result of the statutory uprating from October 2013.
School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2013
The Department for Education has published the final School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2013. The Document contains significant changes to the way in which teachers, below the leadership spine, are paid. The changes are effective from 1st September 2013 and introduce performance related pay progression for all teachers and remove the 'portability' of pay grades and salaries between schools, amongst other things. It is essential that schools review their pay policies before the end of September 2013 to be ready to implement the changes in the autumn.
HR have provided briefings for heads and governors (see Teachers' Pay Briefing May 2013 [334kb]), and have provided schools buying the WBC HR service with an example pay policy, including an example procedure for threshold applications.
Heads and governors with responsibility for pay decisions are recommended to read the DfE Advice - Reviewing and Revising the School's Approach to Teachers' Pay 2013 [510kb] and the Guide to Teachers' Pay for WBC Schools [299kb]
There is separate guidance on Determining head teacher pay - guidance for governors [318kb]
New arrangements for appraisal and capability procedures from September 2012
New Appraisal Regulations came into force for teachers from September 2012. The Council has drafted new model procedures which apply to all school staff in respect of appraisal and capability.
Schools are recommended to adopt the new Appraisal Procedure for School Staff (model) Sept 2013 [266kb] and Capability Procedure for School Staff (model) Sept 2012 [278kb] with effect from 1st September 2012. Further information can be found in on Performance Management and Appraisal in Schools.
New Teachers' Standards from September 2012 and Threshold Assessment in 2013
New DfE Teachers' Standards 2012 come into force from 1st September 2012. These cover teaching standards, standards for personal and professional conduct, and values and behaviours expected of all teachers. They replace the previous standards for QTS and the Core Professional Standards.
Applications for threshold in the 2012/13 round should submitted by 31st October 2013 and assessed in accordance with the DfE Post-Threshold Standards. This is the last round of assessment under the national arrangements. From 2014, applications will be made under local procedures in schools.
The West Berkshire Council HR Service to Schools
Schools who chose to 'buy-in' to the West Berkshire Council Human Resources service can receive advice, guidance and support on a range of employment matters, including recruitment and selection, contract preparation and employee relations issues (disciplinary, grievance, restructuring, redundancy etc). For details of how to access this service, please see the 'Who to Contact' section.
Schools can choose to either adopt the model policies developed by the Local Authority (see Model Policies and Procedures and Guidance for Schools page) or develop their own policies, agreed with the recognised trade unions.
To ensure schools keep up to date with changes and developments in employment practices the HR department write regular newsletters for schools. Copies of the most recent newsletters can be found in the Downloads section.
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