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Urgent Items of Business
Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chiarman decides are urgent.
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To receive the minutes of the Education Employment Committee meeting held on 17 October 2011.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Education Employment Sub-Committee held on 17 October 2011 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To receive a report on revewing the new model policies for Performance Capability and Model Pay policies and agreeing to present these to school governing bodies for adoption.
The Human Resources Manager: Children, Young People & Learning presented a report on the development of a Model Policy for Pay and Teacher Capability Procedure for schools.
New policies had been drafted following Government changes in legislation to allow speedier timescales to dismiss poorly performing teachers and to provide schools with more flexibility on the pay arrangements for teachers.
The main changes of the Teachers Capability Procedure centred around a reduction in the stages of the Procedure and the removal of the informal stage of the process.
The main changes to the School Teachers Pay document were:
In a number of local authorities it has been left to individual schools to arrange and consult with trade unions on their own pay policies. Following constructive consultation with trade unions and assistance from head teachers, Bracknell Forest has decided the most effective route would be to establish a model policy for schools to adopt.
It was reported that Equality Impact Assessments would be carried out by each school, although it was also noted that the NASUWT/NUT had conducted an EIA at national level on all the proposals.
The Committee discussed the draft procedures and amendments were suggested to the Model Pay Policy:
RESOLVED that the Model Pay Policy, with suggested amendments,
be recommended to school governing bodies for adoption.
The Committee discussed the Performance Capability Procedure for Schools and the following points were clarified:
RESOLVED that the Performance Capability Procedure for Schools be recommended to school governing bodies for adoption.