School Teachers’ Review Body’s recommendations accepted

24 Apr

On 13 February 2014, the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, presented Parliament with the 23rd report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) together with his response to the report’s recommendations by way of a Written Ministerial Statement.

The STRB, an independent body, makes proposals to the Secretary of State on school’s teachers’ pay and conditions in England and Wales.   It receives the views of stakeholders, carries out analysis, reflects on it and writes its reports which are then presented to ministers.

On this occasion, the STRB made three recommendations to the Secretary of State.

(i)         Provide a clear and usable framework for setting the pay of school leaders, enabling governing bodies to match pay to accountabilities and the local needs of the school.

(ii)        Provide greater freedom in setting the level of Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) payments, whilst retaining the main allowances used by the schools and the existing safeguarding provisions.

(iii)       Remove unnecessary detailed guidance on non-pay conditions whilst retaining the core statutory protection on teachers’ working hours (195 working days/1265 hours and time for planning, preparation and assessment).

Michael Gove accepted the recommendations in full.   This will mean that governors, in future, will have access to benchmarking data, including pay levels, and will be able to make decisions on teachers’ pay based on useful information.

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