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The outcome from the statutory consultation on the 14th report of the School Teachers' Review Body and the Secretar...
The outcome from the statutory consultation on the 14th report of the School Teachers' Review Body and the Secretary of State's Parliamentary

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

salary safeguarding.

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

December 2005.

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.

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