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Statutory guidance and regular updates from your human resources (HR) department.

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Teachers Pay Policy 2021

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2021 became a Statutory Instrument in law on 22 October 2021 with its provisions backdated to 1 September 2021.  Full agreement on a revised Local Authority (LA) recommended Teachers’ Pay Policy was reached at the Schools’ Joint Consultative Committee by the LA and recognised trade unions. 

This policy is recommended to Headteachers and Governing Boards of maintained schools for adoption. Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd, telephone: 01629 538513

Changes to employee sickness self-certification - December 2021

Changes to Statutory Sick Pay Regulations have been introduced to create additional GP capacity to support the Coronavirus vaccine booster programme. 

Employees will be allowed to self-certificate for up to 28 days starting from 17 December 2021 through to 26 January 2022. This will apply to employees whose absence due to sickness commenced up to 7 days before 17 December 2021, i.e. from 10 December 2021, or any absences due to sickness that begin within this period. If the period of sickness absence started before 10 December 2021, they must still provide a GP fit note if they’ve been absent from work for more than 7 days, including non-working days. 

For absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022, the usual 7-day self-certification period will apply.

Employees should continue to use the existing self-certification forms. There is no change to the recording of sickness absence and schools must record the sickness absence on the first day of absence in the usual way.

Single Central Record DBS - Guidance for schools update 2021

Updated guidance for schools on the maintenance of the Single Central Record is attached.
This revised guidance updates schools on the changes to the checks that are required for EEA citizens as a result of Brexit.

Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd, email: carolyn.lloyd@derbyshire.gov.uk

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 Services. In these circumstances, schools are reminded that they 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 to reflect changes to staffing in DCC only. There is no change to the content of the letter. The new letter is attached to this page if schools wish to use it. As there is no change to the content there is no specific requirement to attach the new letter to your SCR as the letter dated January 2020 is still accurate.  

Updated Managing allegations procedures

An updated procedure for managing allegations is attached. The procedure has been updated to reflect the changes to Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) for 2020. It was delayed until we were able to obtain national clarity around “unfounded” allegations specifically in relation to references.

There will be a further update later in 2021, once the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Procedures have been updated to reflect the changes made to the KCSIE 2021.

Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd, email: Carolyn.lloyd@derbyshire.gov.uk

Brexit: Right to work checks

Schools will need to familiarise themselves with the most up to date information on the EU settlement scheme to ensure that the appropriate right to work checks are undertaken when newly appointing an EU citizen to a role in the school. 

From 1 July 2021, those EU citizens who have made a successful application to the EU Settlement Scheme will have been granted their immigration status digitally and can only prove their right to work using the Home Office online service prove your right to work to an employer.

Schools HR Advisory Service - Policy Change

We would like to thank everyone who completed our recent survey when we sought your views on potential improvements to some locally negotiated employment terms and conditions.

As a result of your feedback it has been agreed that with effect from 1 September 2021:

  • teachers will be paid 45p per mile for any necessary travel that they undertake for work.
  • teachers in maintained schools will be able to access a maximum of a two weeks paternity leave at normal pay.
  • for all employees, the entitlement of up to 2 weeks parental bereavement leave will be paid at full normal pay, regardless of service and earnings.

A revised Maternity, Paternity, Parental and Adoption Leave Scheme has been agreed and updated and is recommended for adoption by school Governing Boards. 

Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd, email: Carolyn.lloyd@derbyshire.gov.uk

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