Pay and conditions

Effective teacher review and appraisal practices

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document applies to all maintained schools and the majority of academies. In this article Brian Rossiter shares good appraisal practice as part of the Professional Development Review cycle and performance-related pay


Flexible working: A recruitment solution?

The difficulties schools are having in recruiting teachers continue to dominate the headlines. The DfE wants us to consider the option of flexible working. Just how might this work?


Workload audit: Thirty questions for your school

We all know that teachers work well beyond their designated hours, but just how can heads help to adjust the work/life balance for their staff? Drawing on the government’s Workload Survey and expert working groups, Suzanne O’Connell poses 30 self-evaluation questions for schools



Staff wellbeing: More than a ‘nice to have’

We all recognise the importance of wellbeing for both staff and pupils. Julian Stanley discusses the six danger areas for staff wellbeing and suggests engaging with your staff to ensure good wellbeing in your school


Retention: How to keep hold of your teachers

New research into retention has uncovered some of the reasons why teachers quit the profession as well as those vital ‘protective factors’ that can help a school to retain, engage and motivate their teachers. Researcher Sarah Lynch takes a look


We value pupil wellbeing – but what about our staff?

Pupil wellbeing is high on many schools’ agendas, but what about our staff? Mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some simple steps to tackle challenges to mental health and promote staff wellbeing in your school


Protecting your staff’s wellbeing

We are all rightly concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils – but what about the staff? John Dabell discusses why staff wellbeing should be top of your agenda and offers some quick ideas


Keeping teachers’ workload down

Simplicity is the key to minimising the workload pressure keenly felt by teachers, says executive headteacher Jane Girle. She discusses how she is addressing the issue at her school




Meeting the Workload Challenge

The government’s consultation on teacher workload has ended with an estimated 40,000 teachers responding to the call for evidence. While we wait for the Department for Education’s conclusions, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what methods headteachers are using to reduce the load for their staff.


Advice for tackling workload

Keren Prior offers some tips on how to improve teacher and school leader wellbeing as well as also tackle workload issues


Pensions: Avoiding the LTA

Yet more changes are afoot when it comes to your pensions. The latest cuts to the lifetime allowance could affect more teachers than you’d think. Expert David Downie explains.


Avoiding the pitfalls of performance pay

Schools are getting to grips this term with the new system of performance-related pay. Employment lawyer Amanda Lyons looks at common pitfalls that new pay systems must avoid.


Performance-related pay – two months in

What ever you think about the merits of performance-related pay, it has arrived in our classrooms. Suzanne O’Connell looks at how the early stages of implementation are working out in practice


Planning for performance-related pay

Revised pay and conditions arrangements, including plans for performance-related pay, come into force from September 1. They represent a huge change for our schools. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the implications for schools


Doing it for the money?

From September the new School Teachers’ Appraisal Regulations will come into effect in England. With Ofsted’s interest in performance management, has the time for a new system of rewarding teachers arrived?

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