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Email Address EducationHR@babcockinternational.com
Forthcoming Reduced Service Days Voicemail will be in operation on the following days/times due to team meetings/training. Messages will be returned as soon as possible.                       
6th March 2018: 9.30am - 1.30pm       
   Latest News

Model Redundancy and Restructuring Procedure - Surrey Maintained Schools and Short Stay Schools

We have recently completed consultation with the recognised unions over a revised Redundancy and Restructuring Procedure for Surrey maintained schools (also suitable for short stay schools). This replaces the Managing Changing Staffing Needs Policy and Procedure (dated 2011). To access this and a range of fully updated resources please visit the Redundancy and Restructuring page.


SCC Job Families - update

Liz Mills, Assistant Director for Schools and Learning at SCC, has provided an update for schools on the timescales for the job families consultation; up-to-date Q&As have also been provided.
Virtual Walk 2018 - last chance to register!

Registration for this year's Virtual Interschool Walking Competition ('The Walk of Thrones') closes soon - last day to get your entry in by is 11th January. If you haven't yet got your team together find out how to register.
Government consultation on changes to QTS and supporting teachers’ career development

The Department for Education has commenced consultation on initial proposals for ‘strengthening’ QTS and improving career progression opportunities for all teachers.

Changes to QTS will be introduced from September 2019 (applying to trainees starting ITT that year and so impacting on schools from September 2020) and this consultation includes initial proposals around this.

The consultation is also considering options to strengthen development and career progression for post-QTS teachers.

Read our briefing for further information about the proposals.

Consultation launched on changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education

The DfE has recently opened consultation on revisions to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE), the statutory guidance document to which all schools and colleges (regardless of status) must have regard when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The consultation includes a wide range of proposed changes. In our briefing we have included an overview of all notable revisions focussing particularly on those elements which impact on HR and the sector’s workforce.


Latest HR Bytes e-newsletter now available

Customers can now download the latest edition of our HR newsletter, released today, via the Newsletters, Briefings and Training page.
Joint statement from SCC, UNISON and GMB: schools Surrey Pay annual review 2017-18

Surrey County Council has today released this joint statement confirming that, in the absence of a collective agreement with the unions with regard to the pay settlement for schools' staff, the Council has decided to implement the pay settlement in time for the December pay day (21st December).

The pay minimums for the 2018-19 pay offer are under review and subject to ongoing discussion with the unions.


School teachers’ pay award 2018-19: remit to the School Teachers’ Review Body

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) has today received its latest remit from the Secretary of State for Education seeking recommendations on the 2018 pay award for teachers.

The letter reiterates the government’s “more flexible” approach to public sector pay restraint and invites the STRB to consider how the pay award should utilise this flexibility to address areas of skill shortage and support productivity, whilst remaining “within the bounds of affordability”.

In particular it is suggested that the STRB may wish to focus on the early years of a teacher’s career to support recruitment and retention within the profession.

Whilst this year’s remit is, again, restricted to the pay award itself, the Secretary of State indicates that next year’s remit will be wider, considering further reforms to the pay framework.

The STRB has been asked to report back by early May 2018.

As we have previously reported, the later deadline for the STRB’s report will have a knock-on impact on the timescales for consultation. The timetable has already been tight in recent years, with consultation on the draft STPCD ongoing into the summer closure period. The government has warned that this year the later timetable will likely result in a delay to implementing the award.

Read the full letter to the STRB

Allowances for teachers in residential establishments - September 2017 pay increase

As of 29th November 2017 (but taking effect from 1st September 2017) all allowances other than the Sleeping in Duty Allowance (which is linked to the NJC for LGS pay agreement) have been uprated in line with the overall STPCD increase, i.e. 1%, by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Teachers in Residential Establishments (the JNCTRE agreement or 'Orange Book').

You can download the revised rates on our Residential Special Schools: Teachers' Allowances page.

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