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Notes for June 2008
[Previous meeting May 2008]
Thursday June 26th 2008
Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich
Apologies already recorded: Peter Byatt, Paul Widdowson.
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Section A: National with National Executive Report
|08-119-O&A||ARRANGEMENTS FOR EQUALITY CONFERENCES TO SUBMIT A MOTION TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2009|
|08-118-O&A||HEAD OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – VACANCY|
|08-117-SUP||RETIRED TEACHERS' CONFERENCE 2008|
|08-116-O&A||DECLARATION OF EXECUTIVE BY ELECTION: DISTRICT 18|
|08-115-SALS||STRB REPORT - DECISIONS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE|
STPCD 2008: CHANGES TO PART-TIME SHORT NOTICE AND UNQUALIFIED TEACHERS' PAY:
Part-time: Each school will calculate the proportion of time a part-time teacher works against the school’s timetabled teaching week (STTW). The STTW refers to the school session hours that are timetabled for teaching, including PPA time and other non-contact time but excluding:
The STTW of a full-time classroom teacher is to be used as the figure for calculating the percentage of the STTW for a part-time teacher at the school.
For example, if the school day, excluding registration and assembly, runs from 9.00am to 12.15pm and again from 1.15pm to 3.30pm with one 15 minute break in the morning session and one 15 minute break in the afternoon session, the school’s timetabled teaching week would be calculated as; morning session = 3 hours, afternoon session = 2 hours, whole day = 5 hours, STTW = 25 hours.
If a part-time classroom teacher in the example above (including excellent teachers and unqualified teachers) were employed at the school in question for mornings only, working 9.00am to 12.15pm every day, their percentage of the STTW would be calculated as 15 hours per week, 60% of full-time (15/25). Such a part-time teacher on M5 (proposed England and Wales full-time salary rate of £27,939, Sept 2008) working at 60% of full-time would be entitled to a part-time salary of £16,763 (60% of £27,939). The same percentage is used to calculate the `directed time’ hours, so 60% of the 1265 hours of a full-time teacher amount to 759 hours directed time for the part-time teacher. A straightforward deduction of the `directed time’ hours required for the STTW across the school year (585 hours, or 15 hours per week multiplied by 39 weeks) provides the remaining available `directed time’ for the part-time teacher in the school year (759-585=174 hours). A similar calculation is proposed for AST, leadership, etc. not subject to the 1265 hour rule. There appears to be no mention of the number of days worked by part-timers.
Supply: the total payment to each teacher for each day worked to be the same as at present i.e., 1/195 of the appropriate annual salary. The total payment for each day worked will, however, be broken down in future into two separate payments. The first will represent payment for work done, calculated on the basis of 195 working days. The second will represent payment for statutory annual holiday entitlement, with a further complication added by the fact that the current statutory entitlement of 24 days rises to 28 days from 1 April 2009.
From 1 September 2008, the daily payment will be divided into two elements. The division of the payment will be on the basis of 195 working days plus 24 days’ holiday i.e., 219 days. The two elements of the daily payment will, therefore, be in the ratio of 195/219 for work done and 24/219 for holiday pay.From 1 April 2009, when the increased annual holiday entitlement of 28 days takes effect, the daily payment will be divided on the basis of 195 working days plus 28 days’ holiday i.e., 223 days. The two elements of the daily payment will then be in the ratio of 195/223 for work done and 28/223 for annual holiday. There will not, however, be any change in the total daily payment.
|08-112-M&C||NUT UNION DIARIES 2008-2009|
|08-111-EEO||EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE STAFFING REQUIREMENTS|
|08-110-EEO||NUT LGBT TEACHERS' CONFERENCE: 17-18 OCTOBER 2008|
|08-109-EEO||OVERSEAS TRAINED TEACHERS|
|08-108-EEO||Teaching Citizenship Through Human Rights Conference|
|08-107-SALS||Deductions From Pay For Industrial Action: NEOST is confirming that the deduction should be 1/365 for a day's strike action. The LA has relented over part-day strikes where a teacher went into work for part of a day to protect examinations, etc. Part-timers should still be deducted 1/365 of their annual part-time salary.|
|08-106-CCU||Division Secretaries' Briefing: Tuesday, 17 June 2008: Graham White attended.|
|08-105-M&C||Retention of Members Retiring from the Profession: Update|
|08-108-EEO||TEACHING CITIZENSHIP THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE|
|08-104-H&S||WORKLOAD 2008 - GOOD FOR CHILDREN, GOOD FOR TEACHERS|
|08-103-CCU||CELEBRATION FOR STEVE SINNOTT: 21 JUNE 2008: Graham White attended|
|08-102-M&C||SPECIAL SUBSCRIPTION RATE OFFER FOR NEW JOINERS: new members can join for free - no payment until February 2009. Features on our Suffolk NUT website.|
|08-101-CCU||TUC ORGANISING ACADEMY - INVITATION TO BECOME A TRAINEE ORGANISER|
|08-098-H&S||PREVENTING WORK-RELATED MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS BY TACKLING STRESS-GUIDANCE FOR HEAD TEACHERS - NUT booklet.|
|08-100-SUP||REVIEW OF ILL HEALTH EARLY RETIREMENT ARRANGEMENTS|
|08-097-EEO||PROVISION OF FREE ENTITLEMENT TO EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE FOR THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLDS|
|08-096-M&C||RETENTION OF MEMBERS RETIRING FROM THE PROFESSION|
|08-095-M&C||NUT POCKET DIARY 2008-2009|
|08-093-CCU||CELEBRATION FOR STEVE SINNOTT|
|08-092-EEO||National Union Of Teachers’ Survey: 14-19 Reforms And 14-19 Gateway Summary Of Findings - has informed our response to SCC (see below)|
|08-090-SALS||HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR TEACHERS|
|08-089-EEO||COMPUTER AID INTERNATIONAL APPEAL|
|Michael Lord||SE Suffolk Association|
|Bob Blizzard||Lowestoft Association|
|John Gummer||Waveney & Yoxford|
|David Ruffley||Bury St Edmunds Association|
|Richard Spring||Bury St Edmunds or Sudbury|
|Tim Yeo||Sudbury Association|
|SOR||New person in charge of HR aspects of SOR is Sonya Docherty. LA is proposing a new working document to implement the Staffing Protocol, but Staff Side felt that it did not reflect the intended protections in the protocol, however ineffective. LA still claiming that if staff turned down "an offer" of commensurate work this would negate redundancy packages, but have admitted that staff would have had to have applied for the post firts. There is no way of the Authority directing staff to a vacancy.|
|SEN Review||Consultation on a rather incomplete and rushed document on the "development of Specialist Education Provision in Suffolk". Division will be responding before the deadline: July 18th.|
|Police-LA Liaison||Nick Wilding reported that there was an up-date coming in draft re. liaison between CYPS and Suffolk Police, in the light of changes in the law (e.g. the right to search).|
|Area HR||NUT raised the issue of the transfer of CSD Education HR staff from Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft to Ipswich, expressing concern at the likely effect on services to schools and accessibility of HR Advisers in casework. J Sh suggested that the service would actually improve. Staff side sceptical.|
|SWISS Update||NUT again questioned the capacity of SWISS re. Diploma courses and compared the provision for 2000 post-16 students with that available at the Hedley Learning Community, for just 1400 11-16 students. Reply from LA was that 2 experienced headteachers were running the project and everything had been properly calculated.|
|Part-time Pay (see 08-114-SALS)||
JNC asks the Authority to report on the local implications of this method of calculating payment to supply staff, and proposes that the Authority adopts a policy discouraging long-term supply arrangements where a fixed-term appointment would be recommended. JNC also requests that the Authority adopts the same method of calculating part-day payments for supply work as is used for determining part-time pay for those on a contract of employment.
|Supply Pay (see 08-114-SALS)||
JNC is raising with LA that fact that the DCSF has stipulated that: Schools and employers need to be preparing for these proposed changes and must consider the implications of the new method for calculating part-time teachers’ pay, and any possible changes to their working time arrangements, when considering and making offers of employment for prospective appointments from 1 September 2008.
|14-19 Implementation||NUT has asked the JNC to request full details of the LA's plans for the introduction of 14-19 Diplomas, including:
|Exit Surveys||Casework has shown that in some areas of the County, HR has not been sending out exit surveys to all leavers. JNC is insisting that they must be sent out automatically to all leavers and is requesting full statistics + a review of the procedure.|
|Pupil Panels||JNC is objecting to the practice, apparently encouraged by the DCYPS, of allowing a panel of pupils to take part in the interviewing of teachers for posts.|
|Occupational Health and Stress||Arising from casework, the NUT has alerted the JNC of cases where Occupational Health seem to be unaware of (1) the conditions of service in the Burgundy Book and (2) the JNC agreement made with the Authority and Occupational Health in 2005 for dealing with cases of illnesses of teachers where the reasons for absence "arise out of and in the course of duties as a teacher", but do not involve a recognised industrial disease or physical injury.|
|Schools of Concern||JNC is requesting a review of the Schools of Concern policy and practice of the LA.|
|National Challenge||JNC is asking the LA for details of their Action Plan re. Holywells, Chantry, Denes and Castle Manor.|
|Form to request permission to employ someone before CRB checks are completed||This form now exists and headteachers can use it where there is an urgent need to employ someone in order to deliver a "statutory service" but where a CRB check has been requested, but not yet received. NUT pressed the LA to agree that it could be used by a headteacher needing to employ a supply teacher who had a technical "lapsed" CRB check because they had not worked for 3 months. Permission can only be granted by an LA Head of Service.|
|Whistleblowing||NUT reported abuse of Whistle Blowing procedures to encourage anonymous reports about the standard of work of professionals, rather than alerting line managers to criminal or clearly harmful actions. Normal management of conduct should be discussed openly and good practice encouraged by example, tackling poor practice in staff meetings, training, capability procedures, but not by collecting evidence in secret.|
|References||Up-dates of the forms to be used for recuitment, including for teachers, which includes the question: "Would you re-employ this candidate?" .|
Date of next meeting: September 25th 2008