Statutory guidance and regular updates from your human resources (HR) department. This includes an updated version of the managing allegations against school staff and volunteers flowchart – dated Sept 2017.
For traded services, please visit Derbyshire Services for Schools.
Single Central Record (SCR) – Pre-employment checks on staff employed centrally and working in schools
Schools and Academies must include staff employed centrally by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) on their SCR if they visit the school on a regular basis or where DCC staff work regularly in school under a contract for services for example Catering/Cleaning/Caretaking Services.
In these circumstances schools are not expected to carry out checks but are required to secure confirmation from DCC that such staff have received the relevant checks. A letter on behalf of DCC that confirms the appropriate checks have been undertaken and that staff who work in school have undertaken appropriate safeguarding training and updates needs to be attached to the SCR.
The letter has been updated and is attached to this page.
Single Central Record DBS – Guidance for Schools update 2019
An important update for schools on the maintenance of the Single Central Record is available now.
This revised guidance updates schools on the requirement that all governors of a maintained school are required to have had a Section 128 check using the Teachers Regulation Agency, Employer Secure Access Portal. Maintained schools will need, as a matter of urgency, to undertake the Section 128 check on all school governors and record on the SCR that this check has been undertaken and when. The guidance is attached to this page.
Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd on tel: 01629 538513
Teachers Pay Policy 2019
The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document 2019 has now passed through parliament and therefore the 2019 revised Local Authority Model Teachers Pay Policy can now be formally adopted. The 2019 updated policy is attached to this page.
Any questions please contact the Schools HR Advisory Team on 01629 535734.
Revised May Bank Holiday 2020
You will be aware that the revised term dates for 2020-2025 were published earlier this year.
You may also be aware that since the publication of the term dates the government announced that:
The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history
Business Secretary Greg Clark 8 June 2019
Schools are advised to ensure that all staff are aware that Monday 4 May 2019 is now a normal working day for all staff including teachers and support staff who work term-time. Friday 8 May will be a school closure and non-working day, given it has now been designated as bank holiday.
The published term dates have been amended to reflect this change.
If you have any queries on staffing issues related to the change of bank holiday date please contact the Children's Services Schools HR Advisory Service on: 01629 535734.
Brexit: Preparations for schools
The DfE have updated their advice for schools on how to prepare for Brexit. The updated advice, which is available on the Government website, outlines information on preparations for a 'No Deal' exit from the EU, called: EU exit: No deal preparations for schools in England.
Schools can find references to the following:
- Informing pupils and staff from the EU about the EU 'Settlement Scheme'
- EU pupils and staff arriving after Brexit
- School places for EU nationals and UK pupils returning to England from the EU after Brexit
- Preparations as an employer, including the recognition of teaching qualifications and EEA and Swiss nationals
- Employing teachers with European qualifications
- Checking the EEA regulating authority for teacher sanctions or restrictions
- Travel to the EU
- Data protection
- Food supplies
- Medical supplies
New systems will be introduced in the event of a 'No Deal' EU exit and when these are available, relevant Derbyshire County Council model policies and guidance, for example the Single Central record, will be updated accordingly as soon as possible.
Schools are advised to check GOV.uk for further information and guidance being issued by the DfE and other relevant departments.
Update on Retirement and Redundancy Costs
Information regarding changes which were incorporated into an amended Derbyshire Scheme approved by the Schools Forum in June are available to read in the Related Documents area.
Facilities agreement for accredited representatives of recognised employee organisations
A revised facilities agreement for accredited representatives of recognised employee organisations is attached to this page. This replaces the facilities agreement dated January 2005.
This agreement has been negotiated and collectively agreed with the recognised trade unions and professional associations. There was only one small matter where agreement could not be reached and that was with the NASUWT in relation to the level of time off entitlement for school representatives for training purposes.
Governing boards in maintained schools and those academies that buy back facilities time are advised to formally adopt the revised agreement.