did this get into final education bill tried wading through it but poab missed in the 265 page doc...Quote:
as we have nothing but strike talk lets focus on few more positive stuff
was readying gmb website and reading old newsletter in eduation white paper
"Buried away on page 98 is a paragraph
(8.19) which represents a breakthrough
in GMB’s campaign to get a national
framework for school support staff pay:
“An early challenge will be ensuring fair
play and rewards for support staff. As
the school system becomes more
diverse, with increases in
self-governing and Trust schools, we
want to ensure this is supported by a
more coherent approach to union
recognition at school level; clearer
career paths and skills escalators for
support staff; and a more standardised
and benchmarked approach to grading,
job descriptions, contracts, rewards,
deployment and support staff training
This paragraph comes as a result of
sustained pressure from GMB, backed
by the evidence we have been receiving
from our members about schools’
unfair pay and employment practices.
The DfES has agreed with GMB to set up
a working group on support staff
employment issues. The group will be
chaired by a senior DfES official and will
include the Minister. The DfES has also
invited the local government
employers to participate.
The establishment of this group
represents a major advance in getting
the Government to accept that it has a
responsibility to deal with pay and
conditions if its school reform
programme, which relies heavily on
support staff, is to succeed.
The group will review all the main
employment issues covering the whole
range of support staff jobs, and make
initial recommendations to the Minister
by 30 April next year. It will work on a
“without prejudice basis” so that
nothing is ruled out in advance.
On the agenda will be all the issues of
importance to GMB and our members.
Issues which the local government
employers have steadfastly refused to
deal with at a national level, including:
• Job descriptions
• Contracts including term-time
• Training and development
• Union recognition at school level
At present, GMB negotiates pay and
conditions for support staff in most
schools with the local authorities, who
are the legal employers. The proposals
in the White Paper to have more schools
operating independently from local
authorities, and acting as employers in
their own right, mean it is even more
imperative to have a consistent system
for pay and conditions across all types
of school. The Minister has recognised
this, saying in a letter to GMB:
“I believe it is in the interests of the
school system to have a cohesive set of
employment practices as far as possible
across all of our schools”
anyway latest gmb newsletter had this to say
on that note just sent email to unison contact (as she will know right channels to go through to request copy of fair pay document on behalf of edugeek.net as major national org representing ict support staff.Quote:
Since our last issue, GMB has drawn up a Fair pay framework setting out the agenda we are pursuing in the new National Working Group on School Support Staff Employment Issues (see Issue 19).
The group is due to make recommendations for reform to Jacqui Smith, Schools Minister, in April this year. We will keep you posted on progress.
Fair pay framework for school support staff
1. A national framework of benchmark jobs and associated salary ranges which all schools will adhere to
2. Special Educational Needs Allowance for all staff who work wholly or mainly with children with special needs based on teachers’ allowances
3. Full-year pay for all support staff
4. Standard working week
5. National guidance on contracts to end inappropriate use of temporary, fixed-term and multiple contracts
6. A minimum entitlement to paid time off and cover to access training and development opportunities for all support staff
7. Entitlements for classroom-based staff to:
•Guaranteed paid time for planning, preparation and assessment
•Limit on number of sessions deployed with whole classes
•Limit on number of sessions deployed to do cover supervision
•Clear job description which distinguishes between cover supervision
and specified work duties
Also from gmb site...
NATIONAL AWARDS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF
Does someone you work with make an outstanding contribution to school life?
Do you have a special colleague who goes the extra mile in their job?
Now's your chance to get them nominated for one of the 2006 National Awards for School Support Staff.
GMB has no doubt that the dedication and commitment shown by thousands of our members in schools does not always receive the public recognition it deserves. For a number of years the teaching profession has had recognition through the National Teaching Awards, so we're pleased to be working in partnership to support this, the second year of the National Awards for School Support Staff. The inaugural 2005 awards were a great success, and we were particularly pleased that the GMB-sponsored Teaching Assistant of the Year award went to Trudi Williams, a GMB member.
The award categories for this year cover these job groups:
* catering workers
* premises workers
* pupil/mealtime supervisors
* teaching assistants
For further details of the categories and the judging criteria click here
To download a nomination form click here
To download nomination guidance notes click here
Nomination forms should be returned to: National Awards for School Support Staff, c/o NBA, 140 Wood Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2SP by 5th June 2006.
We need to make sure we get even more nominations than last year, so spread the word through all your schools, GMB branches and parent networks. We want the awards to achieve the same profile as the National Teaching Awards.
Anyone can suggest someone for nomination but you will need to get the endorsement of the school's head, and a governor to countersign the nomination form - so get talking to your head teachers today!
All nominations will go to one of 7 regional judging panels made up of representatives from GMB and other partner organisations. Each regional panel will put forward a regional winner for each category to the national judging panel, which will also have GMB judges on it. The final three in each category will invited to a high profile awards evening in London on 2nd December 2006. All finalists will receive a trophy and the winner will also receive a cash prize.
If you have any questions or queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org