Statement, which closed on 18 March, has been announced today.
Schools minister Jacqui Smith said:
'We are grateful to all those who responded. Following consideration
of the consultation responses we have reached a number of
conclusions, which will promote teacher professionalism and encourage
a stronger focus on teaching and learning, on good use of resources,
and on excellence. I believe that these changes, will contribute
strongly to raising standards.
'The three-year implementation period will also enable schools to
introduce changes at their own pace, without over-burdening them or
their budgets. The guidance on restructuring will be issued later
this month, alongside a range of pay guidance, to ensure that schools
have as much information at the earliest opportunity to assist them
in undertaking their staffing reviews.'
Ms Smith confirmed that:
* the statutory framework for Teaching and Learning Responsibility
payments have been introduced to support the arrangements set out in
the STRB report and parliamentary statement;
* provisions that allow for salary safeguarding linked to the
transition from management allowances to the new TLR payments have
also been made, as set out in the parliamentary statement. Further
consideration will be given shortly to the way in which the
safeguarding principles will be applied in other circumstances;
* statutory guidance will cover the requirement for a relevant body
to have regard to whether an AST is a teacher of a shortage subject
or a subject where there is a particular need to raise the quality of
teaching and learning;
* analysis of AST recruitment and retention information is being
conducted to help understand how it may be possible to encourage the
creation of opportunities in England for more teachers of mathematics
and science who are accredited as ASTs but not in post;
* further detail on the expectations of the Excellent Teacher role,
admission criteria for the scheme, and the way in which the principle
that Excellent Teachers should demonstrate a sustained record of
continuing professional development, will be linked to the review and
development of the ETS standard, in the context of the wider review
of professional standards for teachers;
* a post-based approach to the Excellent Teacher scheme will be
maintained for at least the first two years of the scheme;
* no support was received for the adoption of a name change to
'Principal Teacher' for Excellent Teachers in post and this will
therefore not be pursued.
Guidance to support schools in undertaking the reviews and
implementing these pay changes is being published later this month.
Schools must review their staffing structure by the end of 2005, but
have three years to implement any changes. Separate regulations
requiring schools to review their staffing structures to enable
introductionof the pay changes have also been introduced.
1. The Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No.2) order
2005 came into force on 6 May. This provides for the ending of
management allowances and the introduction of Teaching and Learning
Responsibility payments, and sets out associated arrangements for
2. The Education (Review of Staffing Structure) (England) Regulations
2005 also came into force on 6 May. These require schools to review
their staffing structures and produce an implementation plan by 31
3. The further pay changes set out here will be introduced later this
year, subject to statutory consultation.
4. The pay changes linked to the STRB report, and the guidance on
these changes, apply to both England and Wales. The staffing
structure review changes and associated guidance apply only to
5. The publication of the outcomes was delayed because of the
announcement of the general election.