Sixth form colleges ballot and strike

National Education Union members working in 34 sixth form colleges took action on Tuesday 10 March (the day before the budget).

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Sixth form college teacher's pay for 2019-20

On Wednesday 26 February, the Staff Side met representatives of the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), the colleges’ national body, to resume discussions about sixth form college teachers’ pay from 1 September 2019.

The Staff Side reaffirmed its rejection of the SFCA’s offer of a 1.5% increase for September 2019, reminding the SFCA that funding for sixth form colleges would be increased by an average of 7-8% from August 2020 and that this should in the Staff Side’s opinion permit an improved offer. The SFCA responded that the funding situation facing sixth form colleges was still uncertain despite this proposed increase which was only guaranteed for one year.

The two Sides agreed to discuss the scope for a two-year pay agreement.  The Staff Side stated that such an agreement could be acceptable to members if it helped to address pay comparability with teachers in schools. The two Sides agreed that while helpful progress had been made at the meeting, it would not be possible to reach an agreement that day and negotiations should therefore be adjourned in order to allow both Sides to discuss the position further with constituents before resuming the negotiations in late March.

NJC national agreement conditions of service handbook

This is the national agreement on pay and conditions of service for teachers in sixth form colleges, also known as the Red Book. It includes the new pay and progression framework.

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