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2.75% pay award?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by mms1, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. mms1

    mms1 Occasional commenter

    Hi,
    Can I ask if you awarded the 2.75% across the pay ranges and if not did you simply apply only to the statutory minimum?

    My budget won't sustain a rise for all teachers and whilst that makes me feel so guilty it's better than redundancy and a gaping deficit budget.

    My challenge will be keeping teachers where schools around me have made the decision to pay teachers more despite their budgets.
     
  2. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Occasional commenter

    You can't pick and choose as it will imply favouritism.
    If redundancies can't be avoided then start the process but you need to call an emergency governor or budget meeting and look for any cuts you can make.

    You could always call a confidential staff meeting and tell them how serious the budget problem is, looking to reduce supply, stationery, outside provider coverage etc.
     
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  3. jellandy

    jellandy New commenter

    Our Governors decided to apply the 2.75% across all staff despite the impact on our budget. The rationale was the school improvement journey we are on, where we need to get to and the importance of retaining and valuing the staff that we have. I was then honest with staff about how difficuclt the budget is and everyone is pulling together to reduce spend and to seek fund raising opportunities. We could well have difficult decisions to make in the future, but if we do, it will be because we have explored and maximised every single opportunity before then.
     
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  4. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    As HT I recommended to governors we applied the rise across the board, costing it to show how little impact of had in the grand scheme of things, but how much it would matter to those getting it. They accepted the arguments.
     
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  5. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Yes, we did.
     
  6. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    My school did.
     
  7. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    So did we. Recruitment is hard enough in my area, I don't want to be competing against the school down the road any more than I have to!
     
  8. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    We did too
     
  9. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Will you be expecting a pay rise? As you are the highest paid member of staff, how much more will you be getting than the ordinary classroom bods?
     
  10. 2r2e

    2r2e New commenter

    Sorry if I have misunderstood the intention of your post, but are you implying that school leaders are getting a better deal? (Note, I'm not a head, never have been and never want to be.) That hasn't been the case in maintained schools at least, I am fairly sure. Think I'm right that the original announcement was that teachers on the main pay range would get 3.5 per cent, TLR teachers 2 per cent and school leaders only 1.5 per cent. I know that was contrary to the pay review committee recommendations at the time butI haven't kept track since to understand how it shakes down to the 2.75 mentioned above.
     

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