Salaries, Allowances and Threshold
This has been prepared in response to several enquiries from members concerned about allowances being subsumed into their post- threshold salaries.
Teachers of the Deaf who were receiving an extra allowance beyond "the maximum" for holding the mandatory qualification.
The Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 1993, paragraph 19 awarded an extra point on the new scale to those Teachers of the Deaf or blind, paid on the maximum of the scale and receiving an allowance for the mandatory qualification. This meant that those on the maximum of the scale holding the "B" allowance and an allowance for the mandatory qualification were assimilated on to point 12 of the new scale, rather than to point 11. Similarly, those holding "C" or higher plus the mandatory qualification were
assimilated on to the new scale at one point higher than a straight transfer would have given them. This point was safeguarded as long as they remained in the same post.
Circular 12/99 which gave guidance on the putting into effect of the 1999 Pay and Conditions document, paragraph 86 states that when the salary to be safeguarded is determined by a points entitlement; points for qualifications, experience or special needs are safeguarded as long as the teacher continues in the post.
This is further strengthened by the assimilation guidance and the software to assist LEA's to do this, which was issued by the then DfEE.
Annex E refers to safeguarding and assimilation with reference to the new allowances and pay spine.
"A minority of teachers will have part of their pay safeguarded following transition to the new system. These may be teachers who have:
- any recruitment or retention points which do not expire on 31 August 31 2000;
- any excellence points;
- any half points which do not expire on 31 August 2000;
- a combination of additional points (eg two responsibility points and one point for teaching children with special educational needs);
- any points awarded under paragraph 19 of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 1999 (such as the former allowance for teaching deaf or blind pupils)."
Salary reviews had to undertake an assessment of new salaries.
states that any additional points awarded under paragraph 19 of the 1999 Document (for example, the additional point awarded in 1993
for those holding the allowance for teaching blind or deaf children, will be cash safeguarded while the teacher remains in post)
There are other situations where cash safeguarding occurs.
states that the Cash safeguarding under Paragraph 9b
of this Annex will remain as a fixed extra payment for as long as the teacher remains in the same post
If the teacher passes the threshold, he or she should receive a revised salary statement in which items (a) to (d) are replaced with the statement that the teacher is entitled to be paid on the first point on the upper pay scale. All other sections remain unchanged. The safeguarded sums set out above are to be retained as cash additions to the teacher's salary until such time as they expire.
From paragraph 20,
- the total points awarded for qualifications
- the total points awarded for experience
- any additional points awarded to a fast-track teacher
- any additional scale point awarded for performance ("double increments) - these can first be awarded from1 September 2001
- any management allowance, and whether this is awarded on a permanent or temporary basis
- any allowance for teaching children with special education needs
- any recruitment and retention allowance, and whether this is awarded on a permanent or reviewable basis
- any sum cash safeguarded in respect of discretionary pay awarded under paragraph 22 of the 1999 Document. This sum expires on 31 August 2001
- any sum cash safeguarded in respect of points formerly awarded under paragraph 19 of the 1999 Document
- any sum cash safeguarded in respect of former excellence points. This sum expires on 31 August 2001
- any sum cash safeguarded in respect of temporary half points, and the date on which this expires
- any sum cash safeguarded in respect of permanent half points or as described in paragraph 18 of this annex
- any sum safeguarded on a mark-time basis as described in paragraph 19 of this annex
- any allowances awarded under paragraphs 36-38 and 42-45 of the 2000 document.
The point is further made in Example 4 which is then given, specifically referring to the protected entitlement for the 'blind and deaf' allowance showing the new salary to be scale point 9, plus special educational needs allowance two plus the safeguarded sum of £2151 ie £29109
The teacher is informed that he/she has these points, with a further £2151 being cash safeguarded while he or she remains in post.
Upon passing the threshold, backdated to September 1st 2000 the salary should have been increased to £31109
After passing the threshold and with the new pay scales from April 1st 2001, such a teacher's salary should be
£26919 + £3111 + £2151 = £32181
If they have not gone through the threshold then their salary should be £30105
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Published in BATOD Magazine November/December 2001