Helpline

4th November 1994 at 00:00
Q In determining the salary of the head, is it possible for the governors to set a figure between the spine points given in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions of Service document?

A No. The document has statutory force, and heads and teachers generally can only be remunerated in accordance with the scales set out. Although the salaries of heads and deputies have been negotiable within the prescribed ranges since 1991, governors are not allowed to introduce their own variations.

The only way in which an increase, which is effectively less than a full point, can be made is by making a temporary increase of a whole point for a limited period, say for one term. Governors might feel that this could be justified in particular circumstances, such as a major reorganisation or building programme.

Q It is the practice at this school to require the heads of sixth form and Year 11 to come into school during the school holidays to deal with business connected with the publication of exam results. Is this an obligation?

A If this is specified in their job description, it might be reasonable to suggest that this commitment falls within the scope of paragraph 36(1)(f) of the pay document. This states that there are some tasks which fall outside the 1,265 hours of directed time, but which are a necessary part of the job.

As these teachers are probably paid several increments in recognition of their responsibilities, they might feel it would be difficult to do their jobs if they did not regard this work as integral to their posts.

The alternative would be to allocate a set time for this work and include it within directed time. I suspect that, for most conscientious teachers at this level, the issue might have the same relevance as the debate about angels dancing on pinheads.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now