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Professional committee

Chair: Chris Knowles, head teacher, Newby and Scalby Primary School, North Yorkshire

This committee, one of four that serves our national executive with decision-making, steers and oversees our interaction with government and other key stakeholders on matters relating to members’ terms and conditions. The committee takes forward the blueprint of actions for the next year agreed by members at our annual conference. It also develops and adjusts our policy positions and campaigns on professional issues as government’s policy proposals emerge and evolve.

It refers matters of business to the relevant sector council or committee for them to provide reports, recommendations or expertise before we make decisions. And it takes these to the national executive to ensure our decisions come from a robust, knowledge-based policy-making procedure. 

The committee also reviews our work so that it represents members in the regions and addresses issues that emerge on pay and conditions in academies and multi-academy trusts.

The professional committee’s main areas of interest are as follows:

  • Pay and conditions in the profession
  • Pensions, both the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and the Local Government SchemeCase work to protect members
  • Industrial disputes
  • Health and safety
  • The role of employers, including governors
  • Professional development of teachers and school leaders
  • Teacher and school leadership supply.

Discover what the professional committee is examining in our summary from the last national executive meeting.  

For any other questions about the committee, get in touch with our policy team by emailing