Teacher and Leadership Pay Award Proposals

On 6th July 2016 the 26th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) was published. The STRB has recommended 1% uplift from September 2016 to the minima and the maxima of all classroom teacher and leadership pay ranges in the national pay framework, and to classroom teacher allowances (teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments and special educational needs (SEN) allowances).

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Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges, 5 September 2016

In May 2016 the DfE published Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges. The guidance will commence from the 5 September 2016 and until that time the previous version of the document continues to apply. We’ve summarised some key actions for leadership to consider in relation to staff understanding and knowledge of safeguarding in schools.

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Wide interpretation of PCP still causing confusion

There have been many examples now of the courts choosing to apply a wide interpretation of ‘provision, criterion or practice’ under the Equality Act 2010. The latest Carreras v United First Partnership Research, has added to this advising that any formal or informal policies, rules, practices, arrangements or qualifications including one-off decisions and actions can be included in PCP.

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Does action need to be taken by the Government to help businesses tackle absence?

This month has seen the manufacturers’ organisation, the EEF, make a plea to the government to help businesses tackle sickness absence. They want the government to consider subsidising private treatment for employees to reduce the burden on the NHS and help employers get employees back to work quicker. Read more about the impact of absence on businesses and steps that you can take to address absence.

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Be careful when agreeing variations to contracts

We all have one, and in fact having an ego is a pretty important aspect of being human. It can be defined as “The “I” or self of any person”, it is our “self-esteem, self-image”. So as a leader, it is important to have an ego that works for us. It is like confidence or commitment, great to have in the right measures, but dangerous and damaging if there is too much.

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Is Hilary Clinton the only one to be investigated for handling sensitive information using a personal email address?

Hilary Clinton has now been cleared of charges despite emails being found with classified information on her personal email. The FBI has said it was careless but not deliberate. However, in a recent case the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) prosecuted an employee for sending sensitive information to a personal email address. The difference is intention. The ICO have highlighted their dedication to strengthening prosecution for data cases and employers should be vigilant.

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