Surrey Maintained Schools and PRUs
The HR content within these web pages is specifically tailored to Surrey maintained schools (including PRUs).
Most of the content is restricted to registered HR customers. Log in first and use the menu on the right to browse HR content areas or, if you have a particular topic in mind, you can also try our A-Z topics list.
Education HR Online
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Daily HR Support: Operating Hours and Contact Information
Our HR Remote Service Desk can be contacted on 0800 073 4444 (option 3) during the following hours:
Term time: Monday to Thursday 08.00 - 17.30; Friday 08.00 - 16.00
During school closure periods: Monday to Friday 09.30 - 16.00
Forthcoming Reduced Service Days
Occasionally our HR Remote Service Help Desk team are required to attend meetings or training sessions during normal working hours. During these times voicemail will be in operation. Messages will be returned as soon as possible.
Forthcoming dates when this will occur are:
4th September 2018: 10.00am - 4.00pm
30th October 2018: 9.30am - 1.30pm
Summer Term 2018
01/08/18: Working hours calculator for TTO staff - 2018/9 version now available
For those of you who use the (optional) working hours calculator for term time only support staff in your school (to calculate actual hours versus contractual commitment), the latest version for the 2018-19 academic year is now available. Log in and visit the Working Time > Templates and Tools page.
26/07/18: More on the teachers' pay award
Further to our previous update (see news item 24/07/18), we have published additional information about the award on our teachers' pay guidance and information page, alongside draft pay ranges for 2018. We have also published draft pay policies for 2018-19. Resources will be finalised once the consultation on the teachers' pay award has ended in September and the STPCD 2018 is published.
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24/07/18: Teachers' pay award - DfE response to STRB report
The government has outlined its response to the STRB’s 28th report covering the teachers’ pay award for September 2018.
The School Teachers’ Review Body has recommended a 3.5% uplift to the minima and maxima of all pay ranges and allowances in the national pay framework from September 2018. The Secretary of State has determined to accept this increase in respect of the main pay range. However the other pay ranges will receive lower increases as follows:
- Upper pay range: increase to minima and maxima of 2%
- Leadership pay range: increase to minimum and maxima of 1.5%
The DfE will be supporting schools with the cost through a teachers’ pay grant of £187 million in 2018-19 and £321 million in 2019-20, from existing DfE budgets. The aim of this fund is to meet the difference between the cost of a 1% award (on the basis that this is at least what schools would have anticipated) and the actual award. Further details on the distribution of this grant are still to come.
The government responded to the STRB’s report in Parliament. A full list of the recommendations and proposed approach for all pay and allowance ranges has not yet been published. We therefore await more detail.
A statutory consultation period of six weeks will shortly commence on these recommendations and on the revised STPCD.
The STRB’s report can be accessed on the gov.uk website along with the written statement in Parliament: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-teachers-review-body-28th-report-2018
More to follow.
20/07/18: Latest edition of our e-newsletter, HR Bytes, published
The latest version of HR Bytes, our e-newsletter for HR customers, is now available to download in the newsletters and updates area (make sure you are logged in first).
Content up to date as of distribution date, 20th July 2018.
06/07/18: Summer term edition of 'HR Brief' - our employment law and education policy round-up for HR
We've just released the latest version of our detailed termly employment law, pay and education policy update. Log in and visit our Summer Term 2018 updates page to download.
03/07/18: Removal of 'disqualification by association' provision under Childcare Act 2006
School staff will no longer be disqualified from working with younger children when they live in the same household as a disqualified person (known as ‘disqualification by association’).
The Childcare (Disqualification) and Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 will come into force on 31st August 2018 and will limit the application of the existing ‘disqualification by association’ provisions to those working in domestic premises from that date (e.g. childcare provision in a childminder’s home).
To access our briefing note on the change, log in and visit the Childcare Disqualification Regulations page.
08/06/18: Facility time reporting guidance and calculator updated
Further to newly-published government guidance on the trade union facility time reporting requirement, we have updated our guidance and calculator tools on our facility time reporting pages.
Remember that community and voluntary controlled maintained schools (and PRUs) do not have to report in their own right but the local authority will have to report on behalf of its education function employees. Voluntary aided and foundation schools will have to report in their own right if they have at least 49 FTE employees (in at least 7 of the 12 months in the reporting period).
First reports are due by 31st July.
07/06/18: Template written statements of particulars updated
We have recently updated all the template written statements of particulars of employment for Surrey maintained schools and PRUs. These changes are to ensure GDPR compliance and to make a number of other minor revisions.
All the revised templates, plus a document listing all the changes, can be found on the Template Contracts page (this is a restricted page: make sure you are logged in first).
07/06/18: Keeping Children Safe in Education - consultation outcome and briefing note on changes
In December 2017, the DfE opened consultation on the latest round of 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.
A revised version, which has been published ‘for information’ at this stage, will come into effect from 3rd September 2018. Until then the existing version remains in force.
A list of all substantive changes can be found in Annex H of the new document.
Our briefing note focuses on those changes which potentially impact on HR. Whilst the revisions are not substantial they may require some small adjustments to be made to HR practices or procedures.
16/05/18: Changes to QTS and teachers' career development support - outcome of government consultation
In December 2017, the Department for Education launched a consultation on broad proposals aimed at ‘strengthening’ QTS and improving career progression opportunities for all teachers. On 4th May the Department published its initial response, setting out key decisions and how this work will be taken forward.
Proposals being taken forward include:
- Extension of induction period to two years
- Prioritising the development of an ECF ( Early Career Framework)
- Creating a new role of NQT mentor and publishing mentor standards for NQT mentors based on existing ITT standards
- Development of specialist qualifications
- A teacher sabbatical pilot starting in September 2019
Download our briefing note for further information about these and other proposals.