Magazine article Public Finance

School Staff Pay under Review

Magazine article Public Finance

School Staff Pay under Review

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Trade unions have hailed as 'long overdue' the government's announcement that it is to draw up a consistent pay and conditions framework for the support staff working in England's schools.

Education Secretary Alan Johnson has instructed the support staff working group to take forward plans to examine a new pay structure. The group, which comprises the support staff unions and is chaired by the Department for Education and Skills, has been exploring various models.

The issues initially examined by the group include trade union recognition; contracts of employment; job descriptions; and continuous professional development.

Speaking on May 24, Johnson said: 'I look forward to hearing back [ from the working group] on the possibility of setting up a new negotiating body to look at how we can better align pay and conditions for local government employees.'

Union leaders said a national pay structure would bring consistency and fairness to teaching assistants, school secretaries and others in support roles, which would recognise their growing importance in schools. …

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