Leadership pay information – some urgent messages for schools

Nigel Middleton and Neil Clifton have now completed their first round of national courses – as well as a briefing for the 25 LA HR departments belonging to the Pan London HR Network.

Some urgent messages for schools:

  • Before 2014-15 leadership appraisal objectives are set, governors need to have agreed leadership pay points now that all fixed ones have been abolished.
  • As for teachers last year, they also need to agree how much performance-related pay progression they will allow – and the pay progression criteria they will use.
  • Both pay and appraisal policies will need amending.
  • Particular care needs to be taken with headteacher appraisal – inspectors are increasingly asking governors questions like “Why did you move the head’s pay up a point last year when the SATs results went downhill?” and governors need a clear audit trail for their decision-making process.
  • New rules apply when calculating the pay range of newly-appointed senior leaders.

Leadership pay is a sensitive issue with the teacher unions, so it is important that fair and robust criteria are established.  We have developed some well-received materials to parallel those they recommended for teachers last year:

  • An audit against Leadership Over Time descriptors related to the 2008 draft National College Leadership Standards – to establish whether areas of leadership practice are Outstanding, Good, requiring improvement or Inadequate.
  • Model Professional Skills Level Descriptors for Leaders, Accomplished Leaders and Expert Leaders.

Nigel and Neil’s STRB courses also cover other key themes to emerge from the national training:

  • The importance of ensuring that TLR holders’ levels of leadership skill are audited as well as those of senior leaders – with the priority development areas identified turning into leadership and management appraisal objectives.
  • The importance of ensuring that governors receive regular anonymised reports on the impact of the appraisal support provided to leaders and teachers identified as underperforming (template reports provided).
  • The importance of focussing lesson observations on making graded judgements on individual aspects of a teacher’s work (marking, behaviour management etc) rather than providing an overall lesson grade.
  • The need to follow correct consultation procedures when reviewing pay and/or staffing structures (flowchart provided).

Nigel and Neil are holding the following courses in July: 

14th July – Manchester – click here for more information

17th July – Birmingham – click here for more information

18th July – London – click here for more information

Network Events

We now only have ten dual trainer network events available between now and the end of the summer term and are already taking bookings for September.  They cost £1500 plus VAT for up to 30 delegates – with additional delegates charged at £35 plus VAT each.  Please contact Hazel Flamson ASAP  if you would like to arrange one on hazelflamson@educateservices.co.uk or on 015 3056 3442.