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Term time:  Monday to Thursday 08.00 - 17.30
                   Friday 08.00 - 16.00

School closure periods: Monday to Friday 09.30 - 16.00
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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.                       
19th December 2017: 9.30am - 3.30pm
30th January 2018: 9.30am - 1.30pm       
Christmas 2017Over the Christmas period HR support via the Service Desk will be available as follows:

Friday 22nd December 2017: 9.30am - 4.00pm 
w/c Monday 25th December 2017: offices will be closed
Monday 1st January 2018: offices will be closed
Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd January 2018: 9.30am - 4.00pm 
Thursday 4th January onwards: normal operational hours resume
   Latest News

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.

Virtual Interschool Walking Competition 2018 - open for registration!

The virtual walk is back for 2018! Find out more about the competition and how to register.
Team availability tomorrow (Thursday 23rd November): HR conference

Our HR conference will be taking place tomorrow, Thursday 23rd November between 8.45am and 3.45pm and most of the Education HR team will be involved with this event. Phone messages and emails sent to the helpdesk will, however, be retrieved on a regular basis during the conference.

Normal service will be resumed on Friday 24th November. Thanks for your patience.

If you are attending the conference, we look forward to seeing you there and to an interesting and enjoyable day.


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.


Surrey Pay Update

 A joint statement has been issued by SCC, UNISON and GMB detailing a formal Surrey Pay offer made to schools for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2019.
 The offer aims to work towards alignment with non-school pay bands with the focus on increasing minimum pay points, and also works towards achieving the Government's target of a minimum pay point of £9 per hour by 2020.
 With the exception of staff on minimum pay points , where there is available headroom in the pay band range it is proposed that progression is capped as follows:

1% for 2017/18
1% for 2018/19

Where minimum pay points of grades increase by more than 1% staff on the minimum pay point will receive a percentage increase above 1% to enable movement to the new minimum pay point for the grade.
The offer is backdated to 1 April 2017, it is proposed it will not apply to colleagues who have left the council's employment between 1 April 2017 and the date agreement  to implement is reached.

GMB and UNISON will now consult with their members and hold a ballot.

DBS and Children's Barred List services now available

Network difficulties with the DBS and children's barred list service have been resolved and both services are now available.

"More flexibility" over school teachers' 2018-19 pay award

The chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, has written to the Chair of the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) setting out the government's broad intentions with regard to the 2018-19 pay round.

Significantly, but in line with other recent announcements, the letter states that, whilst there is a need for ongoing pay discipline, the government recognises that more flexibility may be required, particularly in areas of skill shortage, "to deliver world class public services including in return for improvements to public sector productivity." This means that the STRB will not be constrained by the average 1% pay cap as it has been in recent years.

However due to the annual budget moving to the autumn, the DfE's evidence to the STRB is not likely to be received until December (rather than September). This will have a knock-on impact on when the STRB can report back and may well mean that the final 2018-19 pay award is delayed to the extent that it will have to be backdated.


Online HR Briefing for Surrey Maintained Schools

You can now view our latest HR briefing, which this term is available online, as well as download our termly law and policy update document on the Education and Employment Law Briefings page.

Update on Surrey Pay Job Families Project and Apprenticeships

If you have not already seen the latest SCC Schools Bulletin (issue 212), please be aware that it contains updates on the apprenticeship levy (and how your school can benefit) as well as the consultation on school job families.


Teachers' pay award - statement on union position and FAQs newly added

Please visit the teachers' pay ranges page to access the statement for Surrey maintained schools on the joint unions' position on the pay award and to download FAQs about the award. 

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