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Pay and appraisal in 2017/18

This year, the task of managing the pay review process and pay recommendations will be particularly challenging for school leaders. It is important to remember, however, that the (broken) pay system you have to work with is a product of government; it is not of your making.

As you review your pay and appraisal policies and arrangements for the 2017/2018 academic year, you and your governing bodies are advised to devote a little time to create a pay narrative, for all staff, to help them to understand the arrangements you’re putting in place. Staff are more likely to accept what you’re telling them and support you if they understand the context of the pay arrangements and the constraints under which you’re working. 

To help support you through what is likely to be a challenging autumn term, we’ve put together a model pay policy, a pay policy guidance to help you navigate through the overall pay process and a model staff appraisal and capability policy – we hope you will find these documents useful and will support you through what will be your next steps.

These documents are available to members only. To view them, log in using the button at the top of the page or become a member.

Next steps for school leaders: 

  1. In September, you will need to consult the school’s recognised trade unions about the school’s proposed pay and appraisal and capability policies.
  2. Following this consultation and typically by the end of September, the governing body will need to approve pay and appraisal and capabilities policies for the school.
  3. Typically, by the end of October, all staff appraisals and pay recommendations will need to be completed for the school’s pay committee and final ratification by the full governing body.
  4. Head teachers’ pay arrangements and decisions will typically be concluded by the end of the autumn term.

If you need any support in guiding you through the overall process or with individual cases, get in touch with us; we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can reach us on 0300 30 30 333 (option one) or by email at specialistadvice@naht.org.uk.  

Page Published: 06/09/2017