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1The Role of Governors in Teachers’ Performance Related Pay (PRP) NAME OF FACILITATOR Introductions
2Welcome and introductions TAILORED FOR INDIVIDUAL LICENSEES
3Who is the workshop aimed at? This presentation is aimed primarily at local authority (LA) maintained school governors. Academy governors attending will also find it useful, particularly if they are using the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) as the framework for their school’s pay policy.Academy is used to cover (free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges).
4Objectives of the session At the end of the session, delegates should:understand the governing body's (GB’s) responsibilities on Performance Related Pay (PRP) for teaching staff - i.e. what has changed and what they need to do about ithave had the opportunity to consider the opportunities and the challenges posed by the changes;have had the opportunity to share policies and good practice;be equipped to monitor the implementation of the PRP policy in order to ensure it is fair and objective; andunderstand what else needs to be done in preparation for any appeal from September 2014 (although this is not training for appeal panel members).
5AgendaIndividual licensees will need to build in appropriate break- times. (30 Mins) Introduction to GBs’ responsibilities on teachers’ pay (20 Mins) Table discussion (25 Mins) Report back from tables and group discussion (30 Mins) Ensuring consistent and effective implementation of PRP (15 Mins) Table discussion: (15 Mins) Report back & comment by trainer (15 Mins) Appeal process and the governors’ role (15 ) Plenary/Any questions (165 Mins total)
6Core responsibilities of the GB The governing body (GB) is responsible for ensuring high standards of performance in the school.The GB has statutory responsibilities for pay and appraisal – including making final decisions about the pay of all teaching staff. (School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2013 paragraph 2.1 and the The Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).The performance of staff employed at the school will have a significant effect on the learning of pupils, and therefore their achievements.The headteacher is responsible for managing the performance of the staff, and the GB is responsible for performance managing the headteacher.The headteacher should provide information to the governing body about the quality of teaching and appraisal outcomes. If the GB is unaware of staff performance it will be unable to evaluate the school’s progress.If teaching is not good, the GB needs to know and to assure itself that actions are being taken to improve this in order to fulfil its duty.
7What is the STPCD?STPCD is The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions DocumentIt sets out the arrangements (including the minima and maxima of pay ranges) for teachers’ pay and other conditions of employment.The STPCD is updated annually on 1 SeptemberMandatory requirement for LA maintained schoolsAcademies may choose to follow the STPCD – some teachers’ in academies may have a continuing right to be paid according to the STPCD.
8The STPCDSchool Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2013 and guidance on School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions September 2013‘LAs and governing bodies are required to have regard to the statutory guidance, and in respect of guidance on procedural matters a court or tribunal may take any failure to do so into account in any proceedings. Broadly speaking, this means that any party not following this guidance would need to have good reason not to do so and would need to be able to justify any departure from it.’In other words …The STPCD is statutory for LA maintained schoolsIt is contractual for many academies.Just a reminder …
9Teacher Pay Ranges & Allowances Main pay range – for teachers not on the upper pay rangeUpper pay range – usually more experienced teachers, who must meet the statutory criteria and those set out by the schoolLeading practitioners range - for teachers whose primary purpose is to model and lead the improvement of teaching skills (similar BUT NOT THE SAME AS previous designations of Advanced Skills Teachers and Excellent Teachers)Leadership scale – assistant heads, deputy heads and headteachersUnqualified teachers range – for non-qualified teachers as defined in the STPCDAllowancesTeaching and Learning Responsibilities (additional responsibility award may be applied to main pay range or upper pay range teachers)SEN Allowance (additional allowance with specific criteria relating to working with children with Special Educational Needs)
10What were the main changes to the STPCD 2013? All pay progression to be based on performanceMain Pay Range (MPR) – removed six point scale and replaced it with a minima and maximaUpper Pay Range (UPR) – introduced a single range with minima and maximaLeading Practitioner Range – new designation – teachers to be placed on an individual range within the specified minima and maximaUnqualified Teacher Range – removed six point scale and replaced it with a minima and maximaFor governing bodies to determine any progression points between the minima and maximaImpacts on pay progression from September 2014
11Other changes to the STPCD 2013 Upper pay range – now for GBs:to determine when/how often applications can be madefor GB to clarify criteria within the broad statutory frameworkLeading Practitioners introduced as a new designation - teachers employed in posts that are for the primary purpose of modelling and leading improvement of teaching skillsAdvanced Skills Teacher and Excellent Teacher designations abolishedTeaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLRs) – new fixed-term TLR 3 introducedfor time-limited school improvement projects or one-off externally driven responsibilitiesPay portability – GBs are no longer obliged to pay teachers the same salary they received for a previous job in another school and have freedom to reflect this in pay polices.
12Implementation The new STPCD came into effect from 1 September 2013 GBs should have made decisions about Advanced Skills Teacher and Excellent Teacher posts, i.e. to convert or abolish, by 1 September 2013A new pay policy should have been in place before teachers’ objectives were set for the 2013/14 academic yearPay progression decisions in September 2014 must to be linked to assessments of performance.
13Teacher appraisalRevised arrangements for managing teacher appraisal in England came into force on 1 September 2012.From 1 September 2013 – appraisal policies should have been amended to include the explicit link to payIn LA maintained schools, appraisal of teaching staff (including the headteacher)must take into account the Teachers’ Standardsmust include objectives that, if achieved, will contribute to improving the education of the pupils at the schoolmust include objectives that, if achieved, will contribute to the implementation of the any school plan relating to improving educational provision and performance.the GB must involve an external adviser in carrying out the appraisal of the headteacher
14SMART objectives SPECIFIC Is the objective precise and well-defined? Is it clear and understandable to all?MEASURABLEAchievement or progress can be measured.How will the individual know when the objective has been completed?Is it clear to all how success will be assessed/measured?ACHIEVEABLEIs the outcome within the individual’s control?With reasonable, albeit challenging, amount of effort and application, can the objective be achieved?Does the individual have the capability to achieve the objective?Are the resources available to enable the individual to achieve the objective?RELEVANTIs it relevant to the individual’s role?Is it relevant to the school’s priorities?TIMEBOUNDIs there a deadline?Is the objective achievable within the deadline?Is there a review built-in?
15Good staff development matters Staff performance and development Are two of the most, if not the most, important levers for school improvement so it needs to be done well in order for children and young people to achieve their potential. Effective self-evaluation Governing bodies have a statutory responsibility to conduct their schools so as to promote high standards of education; if there is no formal appraisal then the picture of the school is incomplete and it will not be possible to set an effective improvement strategy. Continuing professional development (CPD) for staff If there is no formal appraisal process then it is difficult to determine and arrange appropriate CPD, which again will impact on the standard of education offered. Good employment practice The governing body has a duty of care to its staff, and appraisal is part of any effective organisation’s staffing procedures. All staff deserve to be managed well and, as part of this, to have an effective appraisal which is carried out properly and informs their CPD.
16Pay/appraisal policies: issues you need to consider Pay and appraisal policies are linked and need to complement each otherAffordability – the budget must be sufficient to meet the stated rewardsPerformance measures – absolute or relative or a combination of both?What level of performance will be required for progression up the relevant pay range? This should be defined (in the pay policy)How is progression differentiated so that the very highest performers can progress faster?What sources of evidence will be used to assess performance e.g. self- assessment, peer review, tracking pupil progress, lesson observations, the views of pupils and parents?Have all teaching staff been made aware of what they will need to do to progress up the relevant pay range?
17Table discussionWhy attendees took the approach they did in their pay policiesWhat challenges they think they may face in September 2014Report back from tables
18How do you know if your policy is being applied fairly? All teaching staff must be given an equal chance to progress up the relevant pay rangeThe level of expected performance may be different for a relatively inexperienced teacher compared to one near the top of the main pay range.How does the GB know that objectives are consistent and offer all staff equal opportunities?What briefing sessions were arranged for staff to ensure they understand the pay policy and its interaction with performance appraisal?Have you asked the HT to confirm that s/he has carried out a moderation process to ensure consistency?Have you seen anonymised appraisal objectives?Have any staff raised any formal grievances about their objectives?
19Possible challenges When did you approve your policy? Was it communicated to all teaching staff?If objectives were set before the policy was approved, were teachers given the opportunity to review their objectives?Does the governing body seek information about how the appraisal process is carried out mid-year as well as at the end of year?
20Possible challenges No surprises! Are you confident that teachers are being managed well throughout the year?Performance management should be a living process throughout the year – no individual should get to the end of the year and be surprised by the outcome, whether that is better or worse than anticipatedThere should be informal dialogue throughout the yearGood practice to hold at least one formal mid-year reviewTeachers must have the opportunity to address any concerns about their performance in-yearIssues on which you may need to seek advice from your HR providerHow will teachers on maternity leave be treated?How will teachers on long-term sick be treated?
21OfstedThe Ofsted Framework (updated September 2013) revised and increased expectations in relation to appraisal and governors’ involvement in pay progression. Inspectors:will evaluate the robustness of performance management arrangements, and consider whether there is an appropriate correlation between the quality of teaching in a school and the salary progression of the school’s teachers.should consider whether governors:understand how the school makes decisions about teachers’ salary progressionperformance manage the headteacher rigorously
22Ensuring fair appraisal GBs must assure themselves that appraisals are as fair and objective as possibleWhat information has the GB received about what briefing those undertaking appraisals have receivedHave the governors undertaking the headteacher’s appraisal been trained?Have anonymised objectives been shared with the relevant GB committee?Challenges are different in different phases and size of schoolWhat processes does the headteacher have in place to ensure consistency?The more people carrying out appraisals the bigger the challenge to ensure consistency of approachIs the maths department being harsher than the geography department?Are certain groups being treated more/less favourably?
23Key issues to consider in monitoring objectives and appraisal outcomes Inconsistency – has the policy been applied consistency? Were all objectives SMART? Did staff have equal access to CPD and support? Were mid-year reviews carried out?Discrimination – do outcomes show that any particular group men/women, BME staff have better/worse outcomes compared to the generality of staff?Staff morale - appraisal needs to ensure good teachers know their work will be recognised and rewarded, not a mechanism to depress salariesRecruitment and retention – well-valued staff more likely to stay and the school be seen as good place to workAppeals – well-defined system which is properly conducted is less likely to lead to appeals, but you need to well prepared to hold appeals if necessary.
24Pay decisionsHas the relevant committee agreed appraisal/pay decisions?What information should the committee see?Can it demonstrate that these were considered carefully and not rubber stamped?How many formal appeals have been lodged?
25What would success look like for PRP for teachers ? Table discussion:What would the successful implementation of PRP look like forteachers?the governing body?What do we need to do to ensure this is happening during this school year and in autumn 2014?
26Appeal process and the governors’ role The pay policy must include an appeals procedureAll teaching staff must be made aware of the procedurePay progression purely on the basis of performance means that appeals are more likelyGovernors must be appropriately prepared to hear appeals before any appeals are lodged (good practice would be for the governing body to arrange a training session for these governors).
27Grounds for appealPay policy needs to be clear about the grounds for an appeal and the process to be followed, e.g.Incorrect application of the STPCDFailure to take proper account of statutory guidance in the STPCDFailure to follow the school’s own policies (appraisal or pay) properlyFailure to take account of relevant evidenceOr taking into account irrelevant or inaccurate evidenceUnlawful discrimination against an employeeObjection to PRP is not a grounds for appeal.
28Appeal panelPanel to be made up of (usually) three governors not involved in initial pay decisionsPanel members must be familiar with:the pay policythe appraisal policyPanel members should have received appropriate training in relation to the conduct of pay appeal hearings.There is no mandatory requirement to train but it would be good practiceSeek early advice from your HR provider on appropriate trainingClerking – any appeal hearing must be properly clerked.
29Review of pay policy post September 2014 1. How effectively are the staff appraised?2. How effectively do we appraise the headteacher?3. What should our pay policy say about performance and progression?4. What is the correlation between appraisal outcomes, pay and the quality of teaching and learning?5. How effective is performance management in improving teaching and learning?(Source: ‘NGA Knowing Your School: Governors and Staff Performance’)
30Information sources DfE website – Teachers’ Pay 2013 and-conditions-2013STPCD 2013DfE Advice - Reviewing and revising your school’s approach to teachers’ pay, August teacher-payDfE Myths and facts teachers’ payThe school’s HR providerACAS –
31Review of sessionWhat worked well?What could have been better?
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