A The new pay arrangements that came into force in September produced changes to the way teachers are paid. Leaving aside the question of the "threshold" payments, classroom teachers' salaries are now made up of points for qualifications and experience, plus any additional points for performance, teaching children with special needs and any recruitment and retention allowances.
There are also five management allowances which may be awarded to a teacher who undertakes "significant specified management responsibilities beyond those common to most classroom teachers". Such awards may be for a fixed term or on a permanent basis.
As usual, the new arrangements are taking some time to be understood by many schools placing adverts, and it is likely that the old titles such as "CPS" will still be appearing in adverts for a while yet.
Q I want to employ a teacher from overseas to fill a vacancy in our school. Is this legal?
A The rules about appointing teachers from overseas are cmplicated. Recently, the Government announced some changes, including relaxing the rules about employing such teachers for schools in parts of London where the recruitment crisis is thought to be most severe.
For further advice you should talk to your LEA or any supply agency you regularly use. You could also check the DFEE website at www.dfee.gov.uk Q I've heard there are teacher cadet schemes in parts of the USA. Do we have such a thing to encourage youngsters into a teaching career here?
A The TTA has supported a number of initiatives aimed at widening the appeal of teaching. Some universities run schemes to link their students with secondary schools. Many sixth formers have also undertaken work experience in schools, but often only in primary schools.
I'm not aware of anything as formal as the schemes for high school students that exist in the USA. Readers whose schools operate such initiatives might wish to write into The TES. Those interested in finding out more about the US schemes might start with the ProTeam and Teacher Cadet schemes at www.scctr.org