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Education resources

In our free resources section you will find links to a range of openly available documents such as the pay and conditions document. Here you’ll find a range of additional information relating to education HR.

Early Years Foundation Stage Reform Consultation

The Department for Education has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. This includes a question seeking views on the removal of the statutory requirement for councils to moderate early years foundation stage profile judgements.

The deadline for responses is 31 January 2020. If you have any comments you would like the LGA to consider in its response, please email mala.mistry@local.gov.uk 

LGA Schools Workforce Conference

June saw the LGA host the annual Schools Workforce conference. While SEE were not able to attend this year a number of councils in our region did and they found the day very interesting and engaging.

Keith Gulliver, HR Policy Consultant, West Sussex County Council, has kindly agreed to share his learning from the event.

National schools’ workforce policy – Stephen Baker, Deputy Director, Department for Education

The presentation by Stephen Baker (Deputy Director at the DfE) is pretty self-explanatory. You will probably get more from reading the actual strategy document itself. 

He did share some interesting data ‘in flight’ at the start of the presentation (from the Education Data Lab) which included a diagram he drew on a flipchart of ‘pay differential’ (public versus private sector) versus ‘retention’ (of teachers) on an X-Y scale. The simple message is this: the bigger the negative difference between teachers’ salary and the wider economy the more likely they are to leave the teaching profession. But that is different for different subjects, perhaps obvious but interesting when you see the subjects. 

  • Page 3 – sets out the challenge, which is big! Last year the global number of teachers fell but there is an expected increase in pupil numbers of 15% by 2025.
  • Page 4 – summarises the barriers and priorities that the strategy is based around.
  • Pages 5 to 8 – provide a bit more information about the strategy’s priorities. Some of the incentives referenced on page 6 are interesting. Page 7 refers to flexible working.
  • Page 9 – highlights the importance of all the key stakeholders that have ‘signed off’ on the strategy, including the teachers’ unions.

 

Teachers’ pay 2019 and a brief update on the national guidance on term time only employees – Selena Lansley, Principal Negotiating Officer, LGA and Simon Pannell, Principal Adviser Employment and Negotiations, LGA

The key points I noted during Selina’s and Simon’s presentation were as follows:

  • The focus continues on affordability and funding – it was great getting feedback from Local Authorities as part of NEOST’s input.
  • We are currently in a pause – STRB has sent the report to Government and they are considering it.
  • Pages 5 to 7 – summarises the NEOST position.
  • Pages 9-11 – summarises what is essentially speculation (gossip) and asks questions (answers unknown at this stage!). Page 11 may be the one to focus on. The Government’s (DfE) view, based on their current funding model, is that 2% is affordable for schools (apparently this comment received much laughter from the audience when it was made at the York Conference).
  • Discussions are tied up in the Spending Review, the Treasury wants to avoid being politically out manoeuvred again as it seems to have been with last year’s NHS award.
  • The new LGS pay spine added +8% to the pay bill of schools compared to +5.8% in ‘town halls’.
  • Page 14 – shows key points from the 2020 LGS Pay Negotiations.
  • Pages 15 to 16 – provide a summary of the key TTO Review.

 

Apprenticeships in schools – Jamie Saddler, Apprenticeships Adviser, LGA

There was some really interesting material covered which I’m sure we could make use of when working with our schools, in particular those below marked ‘*’. Jamie covered the following:

  • Page 2 shows what was covered.
  • Pages 3-9 cover the LGA Apprenticeships Survey 2019
  • Pages 10-14 using apprenticeships to develop your workforce*
  • Pages 15-19 available apprenticeship standards*
  • Pages 20-25 checklist for schools (including useful references)*  

 

What can HR do to support teachers’ wellbeing?Faye McGuinness, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes, Mind and Ben Commins, Headteacher, Queen’s Park Primary School (2 presentations)

Faye’s presentation was titled ‘Supporting Teachers’ Wellbeing’ and covered:

  • Pages 2 to 3 – what Mind is and its aims.
  • Page 4 – the six core standards for Thriving at Work.
  • Page 5 – some key data points about teachers’ health.
  • Pages 6 to 16 – set out what schools can do to support teachers’ mental health and meet the Thriving at Work standards including: suggested actions, useful references, models and resources.  

Ben’s presentation gave a personal, Headteacher’s perspective on mental health and his school’s approach. The following slides are worth highlighting:

  • Page 7 – the approach to wellbeing (children, staff, parents and community)
  • Pages 11 to 12 – Mind Up (empowering children through mindful practice based in neuroscience).
  • Pages 22-27 – on Staff Wellbeing (including a diagram of the London Healthy Workplace Charter on page 24)

Useful References

Education Support Partnership’s Teacher Wellbeing Index 2018 – https://www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk/resources/research-reports/teacher-wellbeing-index-2018

Workplace Wellbeing Index 2018/19 – https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/workplace-wellbeing-index/

Mental Health At Work Website – https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/

 

Employment law update relevant to school staff – Darren Newman, Darren Newman Employment Law Limited

Keith has put together his notes on Darren’s presenation which should be read along side each other.

 Always refer to the full details of each of the cases for the most complete and up-to-date information.  

Teachers' Pension Scheme Funding

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its response to the consultation on funding for the increase to employer contributions to the TPS in 2019/20, confirming additional funding for local authority centrally employed teachers as well as maintained schools. 

In July, the Government published guidance for LAs to understand and plan for the pension grant that will provide funding for the cost of the increase in TPS employer contributions from September 2019 to March 2020.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency will pay the funding for maintained schools to LAs, who will be required to pay it to individual schools at the rates published.

Further guidance was published on the GOV.UK website in October, providing the following information:

  • September 2019 to March 2020 TPECG allocations to schools
  • the terms and conditions that LAs must follow in the use of TPECG funding
  • guidance on how schools and LAs will be able to apply to the supplementary fund and funding arrangements for LA centrally employed teachers

The DfE will also be funding the TPECG for FE providers, including adult community learning providers that are part of a LA. Allocations for FE providers have not yet been published on the DfE website.

The DfE will be publishing guidance on payments for April 2020 onwards in due course.

School Teachers' Pay

Following on from submitting its written evidence (LGA Login required) in January, the National Employers’ Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) gave oral evidence to the pay review body in March. NEOST’s position and ‘ask’ was for a fully funded pay uplift across the board without targeting. It was also stressed that the pay grant funding covering the element of the 2018 pay award that exceeded one per cent must be rolled up into National Funding Formula. 

It is anticipated that the Schoolteachers’ Pay Review Body will submit its recommendations to the DfE in May. In its evidence NEOST stressed the need for early consultation on the proposed changes to avoid the repeat of last year’s situation where consultation took place just as the school summer holiday period started.

 

Teachers' Pension Scheme Valuation

The DfE has published the results of the actuarial valuation of the TPS carried out as at 31 March 2016 that confirms that the TPS employer contribution rate will increase to 23.68 per cent from 1 September 2019.

Children not in Schools Consultation

The DfE is saught views on a local authority registration system for children who do not attend state-funded or registered independent schools. The consultation included plans to legislate for the register. This consultation, which closed on 24 June 2019, was a follow-up to the consultation and call for evidence on elective home education held by the DfE in 2018.

NEOST staff wellbeing guide for schools and trusts.

The guide provides schools and trusts with information and guidance as well as signposting to other resources to best support the wellbeing of their staff, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find the NEOST guide at the LGA website

Joint workforce guidance - Quarantine Rules & self-isolation for planned hospital admissions (Schools & colleges)

In collaboration with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and NAHT unions, the LGA have published joint workforce guidance for schools on how to best manage the Government’s current quarantine rules and NHS requirement for self-isolation with regards planned hospital admission.

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