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HR Service for Schools

HR information for school managers and schools-based employees


Industrial Action Planned for 26th March 2014

The NUT has confirmed that the next planned national day of action in England and Wales will take place on Wednesday, 26th March 2014.

The action is in pursuit of the on-going dispute with the Secretary of State for Education around pay, pensions and conditions. The NASUWT has not yet announced whether its membership will be included in this action.

See below for advice and guidance on dealing with the impact of the strike.

doc icon Advice to Schools on Industrial Action - Teacher Strike 2014 [92kb]

excel icon Industrial Action Spreadsheet for Schools [19kb]

DfE advice to schools on handling strike action is available on the Department's website. 

Pay Awards

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 powerpoint icon 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 pdf icon DfE Advice - Reviewing and Revising the School's Approach to Teachers' Pay 2013 [510kb] and the doc icon Guide to Teachers' Pay for WBC Schools [299kb]

There is separate guidance on doc icon Determining head teacher pay - guidance for governors [290kb]

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 doc icon Appraisal Procedure for School Staff (model) Sept 2013 [266kb]  and doc icon 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.

Scroll down and click on the headings below to access more information.

This section explains the pay and conditions of service for both teaching and non-teaching staff in schools. It also includes a link to the Model Pay Policy on Teachernet.

On these pages you will find information on the range of training opportunities for schools-based staff provided by the WBC Human Resources team.

On this page you will find information on the WBC recruitment and selection service.

On this page you will find links to the relevant pension sites.

On this page you will find some useful forms for schools. Human Resources will update these when required so all information on this page will be current and up to date.

This page explains the role of the governing body and the relationship with the Local Authority and includes links to additional information.

The Schools Workforce Census was introduced in January 2010. It is a statutory requirement for all schools and Local Authorities to make a data return once a year in accordance with the census requirements.

This page was created on 15/01/2008 and last updated on 13/03/2014. - Print this page.
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