Did you pass the Threshold in 2000/2001? Have you been assessed in order to proceed to Point 2 on the Upper Pay
Spine? The answer is that if you have not, you should have been.
The salary of all teachers has to be reviewed every September by the schoolís Governing body. As part of this process, all those teachers who passed the Threshold two years previously should be automatically considered for further progression on the Upper Pay spine.
Unlike the Threshold, you do not have to apply. If you are experiencing any difficulties please contact the office for advice and assistance.
Many of us will have read the article in the last Times Ed (December 5th), about the leaked document from the DfES, Workforce Reform Ė Blue Skies.
It says the Workforce Agreement gives schools new "freedoms", and describes a brave new world when the need for schools to have a full complement of qualified teachers is a thing of the past. Ultimately, a school could be staffed by just one qualified teacher, the Head, plus an army of classroom assistants.
Although Ministers have run away from the document since it was leaked, there is little doubt that Blue Skies reflects the Governmentís cynical view of Workforce Reform, which is to use it as a vehicle for reducing the number of teachers employed and replacing them with much cheaper classroom assistants. The document vindicates, if any further indication is needed, the NUTís refusal to join with the other teacher unions in signing up to the Workforce Agreement.
Missco, the private company which was appointed by the Ministry of Magic to run Hogwarts School, has a magic spell which has conned the Ministry good and proper.
Missco, remember, got the job of raising standards at Hogwarts by promising to hit lots of difficult targets, and agreeing to be paid on the basis of how many they hit.
Although nearly all of the targets were missed, their spell made the Ministry hand over even more money than they had originally agreed - and got them to make the targets much easier so they could hit them in future!
By chance, this amazing spell has fallen into our hands, and we recommend that all NUT members at Hogwarts use it if they do not meet their performance management targets.
The best of Christmas Day viewing from the new TV channel, Teachers TV.
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