Schools minister Jim Knight this week heralded the development of a new national negotiating body for school staff in England, which will in turn develop a national pay and grading system that will apply across all types of maintained schools in England (except academies).
The proposal is the outcome of year-long negotiations between unions, the local government employers, Foundation and Aided Schools National Association and the DfES.
Unison national education secretary Christina McAnea said:
'Pay for many school workers does not in any way reflect the job they do and is determined almost at the whim of the head teacher.'
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