Governors not convinced

20th February 2004 at 00:00
Governors are not convinced that sufficient savings can be made to fund the upper pay spine changes agreed by the teaching unions and ministers.

Freezing management allowances in schools is intended to save pound;48 million over the next two years towards the costs of allowing experienced teachers to progress to point three of the UPS and a salary (outside London) of pound;31,602.

But in its response to the proposals, the NGC notes: "Savings made by freezing management allowances may well be offset by the costs of performing the tasks in a different way. Office for Standards in Education inspections have shown the penalty for schools who compromise or under-resource their management structures."

It also warns that the shrinking pay differential between UPS3 and the leadership pay spine, particularly in primaries, could make it harder to recruit new deputies and heads.

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