Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union has commented on 16-19 Education Funding: Trends and Implications, a report published today by the Education Policy Institute (EPI).
Teacher members in sixth form colleges are being consulted about the following pay offer.
- An increase of 1% from 1 September 2021 on all pay points and allowances;
- An additional 0.5% pay increase on pay points 6, 7 and 8; and
- Establishment of an NJC working party to discuss London allowances.
Members who did not receive the consultation email should contact email@example.com by 6.00pm on 30 September.
Sixth form college teachers' pay for 2021-22
The Staff Side pay claim for 2021-22 proposes the following:
- A significant pay increase for September 2021on all pay points and allowances;
- Resumed discussions leading to the deletion of pay point 1;
- Discussions about discrete additional increases to other pay points and allowances.
This pay claim sets out the position of the Staff Side in relation to sixth form college teachers' pay from September 2021.
Pay for 2020-21
Members in the sixth form colleges sector have voted overwhelmingly to accept the following pay offer:
- A 2.0% pay increase from 1 September 2020, rising to 3.25% from 1 May 2021, on all pay points and allowances.
Pay comparability with teachers in schools has been restored and a pay claim for the year from 1 September 2021 will be submitted during the summer term.
Information about pay for support staff in sixth form colleges can be found here.
Don't scrap BTEC
Earlier this month, the Department for Education confirmed plans to introduce a twin-track system of A levels and T levels (a new suite of technical qualifications), where most young people pursue one of these qualifications at the age of 16. As a result, funding for most BTEC and other Applied General Qualifications will be removed.
The Department set out its plans following a review of post-16 qualifications at Level 3, despite 86% of respondents disagreeing with the proposals.
In their letter to the Education Secretary, the twelve organisations in the #ProtectStudentChoice campaign say the review ignored the widespread concerns expressed about scrapping BTEC and other Applied General Qualifications and that “Many young people will be adversely affected by this proposal, but disadvantaged students have the most to lose, a conclusion that your Department’s own equalities impact assessment supports”.
We have said that furthering this proposal for a binary offer for students pathways at level 3 in the future is ill conceived and dangerous. Applied General Qualifications like BTECs or Cam Techs are tried and tested qualifications which provide a pathway, for disadvantaged students into employment or higher education. The T level qualifications are new and untested and should not be one of only two options available for students, there must be a third way.
Sixth form colleges useful documents
Useful resources including 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. Below is also the national agreement on pay and conditions of service for support staff in sixth form colleges, also known as the Lilac Book.
This table sets out the arrangements for assimilation and expected pay progression for all teachers in Sixth Form Colleges migrating to the new pay framework.
NJC letter to Principals about the transition guidance
The table shows how teachers will progress subject to acceptable appraisal outcomes over the period 1 September 2016 to 1 September 2020.
This procedure provides guidance in dealing with staff grievances.
This Facilities procedure (time off for trade union duties) provides colleges with recommended guidance on the arrangements for Sixth Form College employees who are trade union representatives to take time off to undertake union duties.
This procedure provides guidance on disciplinary issues.
The purpose of this procedure is to seek to ensure that employees are assisted to achieve standards of performance.
The NJC sixth form colleges handbook.
The NJC sixth form colleges handbook for support staff
Sixth form colleges advice and guidance
National Education Union members working in 34 sixth form colleges took action on Tuesday 10 March (the day before the budget).
The relentless attack on 16-19 funding since 2010 has resulted in job losses and increased workload for all education workers.
Details about your employment rights under the Red Book as well as the minimum rights you are entitled to under general employment law.
The basic framework of health and safety law for sixth form colleges
Workload in colleges and schools has reached unprecedented levels. Take action on workload in sixth form colleges today.
Guidance on the pay framework for sixth form college teachers and advice for NEU representatives for college level discussions on its implementation.
In desperate times for education funding, post-16 funding has suffered even more.