By Deborah Simpson, Director of Legal and Member Services, Voice
Members will already be aware of the key role that the STRB plays in the shaping and direction of teachers’ pay. The existence of a review body has
many advantages for unions such as Voice. It is an independent body and a real vehicle for making our views and the interests of our members known.
The STRB has demonstrably taken on board the views of consultees when making their recommendations. Its most recent, 26th, Report reiterated Voice’s view that a significant increase in teachers’ pay would be needed if teaching were to recruit and retain sufficient numbers.
However, the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) is only statutorily applicable to local authority maintained schools (all schools in Wales) although many academies continue to choose to use it as the basis of their pay policies. With the onward march of academisation in England and moves to devolve teachers’ pay and conditions in Wales (opposed by Voice) the STPCD is losing ground.
Voice has recently been invited to preliminary discussions on the future role of the STRB and the national pay structure. What is clear to us is that both the Review Body and the national pay structure fulfil a crucial role, and that the inclusion of academies in the process, rather than the exclusion of a review body, is the way forward.
Do let us know your views…
From an article written for November 2016 Your Voice.