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Pay safeguarding in independent schools

Discussion in 'Independent' started by danyb9999, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. danyb9999

    danyb9999 New commenter

    I wonder if anyone can help. I’m currently in a leadership position but have been asked to reapply for my role as part of a management restructure. In the public sector I know I would be entitled to pay safeguarding for my TLR. Is this the case in independent schools?
     
  2. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Surely the school has a pay policy on the intranet? Or you could ask HR. It doesn't have to follow the rules for state schools but might do.
     
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Look at the pay policy and the restructuring policy.
    Also speak to your union to get their advice and support, especially if your school doesn't have a policy.
     
  4. danyb9999

    danyb9999 New commenter

    Thanks, am I correct in thinking that they should have consulted unions prior to beginning the restructure process?
     
  5. dts

    dts Occasional commenter

    Only if your school has union recognition for collective bargaining - most independents don't. There should be a consultation process involving affected staff if it's a significant change to your contracted role, though.

    Hopefully you are in contact with your union on a personal basis - they can still advise and support you even if not recognised by the school.
     
  6. danyb9999

    danyb9999 New commenter

    Response from my school. We don’t have a pay policy at is not a requirement of an independent school. We do not have a restructuring policy because we are an independent school.
     
  7. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    More fool them! Though they are correct.
    Speak to your union and then wipe the floor with them!
     
  8. gp

    gp New commenter

    Sadly, something similar happened to me a few years ago. School has no pay policy. I went down in salary and lost a position on senior leadership team due to 'restructuring'. I did get in the union but there is little they can do in the independent sector. However, I always feel that by getting the union in it shows that you are not taking their decision likely and they have to do everything legally or the union will spot this. But if the school has followed all legal procedures there is not much you can do.
     
  9. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    If you don't apply, are you being made redundant? Start applying for jobs? Specialist advice is needed here. Contact your union or pay for legal advice from a specialist in employment law.

    Have you actually asked the school if your TLR or job will be protected for any time, and what will happen if you don't apply or do but aren't successful?
     

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