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

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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.

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
  • Erasmus+

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 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.

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