Winning on pay and appraisal - an NUT toolkit

Advice for NUT members and representatives on how the pay progression system works; on assessing and challenging school policies on pay progression; and on pursuing appeals against denial of pay progression.

This year will be the first when pay progression for all teachers will depend on appraisal outcomes and criteria set by schools. Being aware of how the pay progression system works, and taking action to challenge pay policies collectively or appeal decisions individually, will be essential to help protect teachers’ pay.

Winning your policy
You and your colleagues should act collectively to challenge any policy likely to deny pay progression to teachers. Take action to challenge an unacceptable policy even if you are not personally affected, or it is non-NUT members who are facing problems. With all pay increases due to be related to appraisal from September 2015, next year it could be you.

Understanding progression
This year pay progression for all teachers will depend on appraisal outcomes and criteria set by schools. Being aware of how the pay progression system works, and taking action to challenge pay policies collectively or appeal decisions individually, will be essential to help protect teachers’ pay.

Winning appeals
Advice on persuading governors not to accept a recommendation to deny pay progression and/or appealing successfully against a decision to deny progression.

Resources
To prepare for pay hearings, whether meetings at which the decision is due to be taken or meetings of an appeals committee after a decision has been taken to deny pay progression.
Model letters - for before a decision, or appealing a decision
Pay meetings checklist - for reps and members

The 2014 School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document can be found here. The DfE’s advice to schools on pay progression issues can be found here.


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