school teachers’ pay and conditions document 2014
Every year the Department for Education re-issues the national School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and the accompanying statutory guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions. These documents are the basis for the employment of all teachers in maintained schools and will be in use in many academies, foundation and trust schools across the country. If you are using the STPCD as your conditions of employment then you will need to consider what related policies, procedures, practices or documentation may need updating in light of the 2014 changes.
This years’ document is considerably slimmer than its predecessors and this is due in part to the removal of some of the guidance. Most notably the definitive list of the 21 administrative and clerical tasks that teachers must not carry out has gone. Also removed from the document is the statutory guidance (previously section 4 of the 2013 STPCD) which included arrangements for PPA, cover, dedicated headship and leadership and management time amongst others. These provisions still remain, but without the prescriptive interpretation for schools.
The continued focus is very much on performance related pay and reform of reward and this is evident throughout the document.
This years’ most significant change is to leadership pay and reward. The changes apply to staff who are appointed on or after 1 September 2014. Schools can take the opportunity to review all of their leaders pay in line with the new arrangements if they there is a need to maintain consistency.
The DfE has also produced additional non statutory guidance ‘Implementing your school’s approach to pay’ to supplement the new arrangements.