Back in July, the Department for Education announced that there would be a pay increase for teachers of up to 5.5%, but school support staff were not included in the announcement.
Robert Halfon, chair of the Commons Education Select Committee, spoke to TES.
He said it was “absolutely vital” that a pay rise was also given to school support staff, including teaching assistants, school caretakers, and kitchen and admin staff.
Without support staff schools would fall down
“It’s absolutely vital that school support staff are recognised. This should be in terms of wage increases for the work they do. They are often forgotten.
People tend to talk, inevitably, about teachers.
Perhaps we need to do more to recognise the contribution support staff make both in terms of [government] policymaking, wages and general recognition and thanks.”
Unison, the public services union that represents school support staff, went on to describe them as some of the lowest-paid members of the public sector.
A campaign was then launched to agree a pay increase in August in negotiations through the National Joint Council (NJC) for local government services.
Good news for School Support Staff
After much discussion this week, there has been a positive outcome.
The NJC announced that an agreement had been reached between the National Employers and the NJC Trade Union Side for rates of pay for support staff, applicable from 1 April 2020.
Increases in annual leave allowances were also included, for support staff with less than five years’ service.
Both the NJC and Unison also agreed for further discussions on examining the options to ensure the sector – and the NJC pay spine – can meet the challenge of the Government’s target for the National Living Wage in the coming years.
For the full press release from the NJC visit: https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/LGS%20Pay%202020-21.pdf