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School business leader pay and grading

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NAHT believes that school business leaders (SBL) who are part of the school leadership team (SLT) should be paid on a similar salary range as other SLT staff. Many SBLs are paid under the arrangements for local authority staff and not on ranges used for the school's SLT. The job evaluation schemes used to determine grading in an LA context are designed to avoid pay discrimination but do not reflect pay comparability in the school leadership context. The schemes normally allow for grading appeals. 

This advice note should be read in its entirety. It first sets out which body has the power to determine SBL pay in various settings and highlights applicable legislation and case law, where relevant. It then gives an overview of equal work and equal pay so members have an understanding of the background to job evaluation and challenges in relation to SBL pay in LA maintained schools in particular. The document concludes with a discussion around three commonly used job evaluation schemes and possible tactics to use when requesting an evaluation. 

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