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Conditions of Service in Local Authorities in England

Teachers working in local authorities may be employed under one of three sets of terms and conditions depending on their work. Teachers working as advisors, inspectors, school improvement professionals, educational psychologists or as youth and community service officers are normally employed under the Soulbury Agreement. Teachers working in Youth and Community Services, other than as a youth and community service officer, may be employed under the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers Agreement. Other teachers working in local authorities, including those who work in nursery settings, may be employed under the National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service. Teachers should review their individual contract to determine which agreement applies to them.


Contents

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Soulbury Agreement

Youth and Community Workers

Local Authority Services


Soulbury Agreement

The Soulbury Committee negotiates national pay and conditions of service for staff working in local authorities in the following posts; educational advisers/inspectors, educational psychologists, youth and community services officers and school improvement professionals.

Conditions of Service

The Soulbury Committee produces the Soulbury Committee agreement and any changes or updates to the agreement are contained in regular Joint Education Service circulars. This is similar to the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document and Burgundy Book for teachers in schools. The Report of the Committee on salary scales and service conditions of inspectors and advisory officers of local education authorities contains information on pay and definitions of grades, structured professional assessment and grievance procedures. The terms and conditions for this group should be not less favourable than those outlined in the National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service.

Family Friendly Rights

The NASUWT produces guidance for members with children on the provisions for maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. The guidance also contains information on rights to time off for family and domestic reasons. 

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) provides minimum rights and individual employers are at liberty to give more should they wish. An employee should check their contract and the staff handbook in their school to see whether the school provide greater than the statutory minimum.

Advice on the legal requirements is assessing risks in relation to new and expectant mothers’ job activities is set out on the Health and Safety Executive website New and Expectant Mothers at Work (new window).

Information on the occupational entitlement to maternity leave and pay are contained in Section 11 of Part 2 and Part 4.5 of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service. Information on the parental leave scheme is contained in Part 4.6. 

From 30 June 2014 every employee has the legal right to ask to work flexibly, provided they have 26 weeks (6 months) employment. 

This is no longer restricted to just parents and carers. An employee can only make one statutory request in any 12 month period.

The NASUWT has produced guidance on requesting Flexible Working, and generally on Part time work and job-share arrangements.

Many sixth form colleges will also offer the opportunity for teachers to participate in salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers/benefits, cycles for work, mobile phones and other benefits. Detailed guidance on salary sacrifice is provided by HM Revenue and Customs (new window). There is a standard Salary Sacrifice Form on which employees can apply or express an interest.

Temporary workers and supply teachers

The NASUWT provides advice on the rights of Supply Teachers, Teachers who work on a temporary basis or fixed-term contracts and on the rights of Teachers working for employment agencies.

Tax

The NASUWT provides a brief outline of the various tax allowances which teachers are eligible to claim under UK legislation in the NASUWT's brief guide to tax for teachers and Supply Teachers: You and Your Tax.

Further information or assistance

Members needing further information or assistance should contact their Local Association Secretary or Regional Centre.


Youth and Community Workers

The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Workers negotiates national pay and conditions of service for persons employed by local authorities in England and Wales as youth and community workers and persons employed as youth and community workers by voluntary organisations in receipt of a grant form local or central government of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Conditions of Service

The JNC negotiated the Report of the JNC for Youth and Community Workers' pay and conditions of service handbook, known as the Pink Book. This is similar to the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document and Burgundy Book for teachers in schools.

The Report of the JNC for Youth and Community Workers' pay and conditions of service handbook, contains information on pay and definitions of grades, compensation for residential duties and grievance procedures.

The terms and conditions for this group should be not less favourable than those outlined in the National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service.

Family Friendly Rights

The NASUWT produces guidance for members with children on the provisions for maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. The guidance also contains information on rights to time off for family and domestic reasons. 

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) provides minimum rights and individual employers are at liberty to give more should they wish. An employee should check their contract and the staff handbook in their school to see whether the school provide greater than the statutory minimum.

Advice on the legal requirements is assessing risks in relation to new and expectant mothers’ job activities is set out on the Health and Safety Executive website New and Expectant Mothers at Work (new window).

Information on the occupational entitlement to maternity leave and pay are contained in Section 11 of Part 2 and Part 4.5 of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service. Information on the parental leave scheme is contained in Part 4.6. 

From 30 June 2014 every employee has the legal right to ask to work flexibly, provided they have 26 weeks (6 months) employment. 

This is no longer restricted to just parents and carers. An employee can only make one statutory request in any 12 month period.

The NASUWT has produced guidance on requesting Flexible Working, and generally on Part time work and job-share arrangements.

Many sixth form colleges will also offer the opportunity for teachers to participate in salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers/benefits, cycles for work, mobile phones and other benefits. Detailed guidance on salary sacrifice is provided by HM Revenue and Customs (new window). There is a standard Salary Sacrifice Form on which employees can apply or express an interest.

Temporary workers and supply teachers

The NASUWT provides advice on the rights of Supply Teachers, Teachers who work on a temporary basis or fixed-term contracts and on the rights of Teachers working for employment agencies.

Tax

The NASUWT provides a brief outline of the various tax allowances which teachers are eligible to claim under UK legislation in the NASUWT's brief guide to tax for teachers and Supply Teachers: You and Your Tax.

Further information or assistance

Members needing further information or assistance should contact their Local Association Secretary or Regional Centre.


Local Authority Services

The National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services negotiates national pay and conditions of service for persons employed by local authorities, including:

  • teachers working in nursery settings;
  • nursery employees working directly with children in classrooms up to the age of seven;
  • nursery employees working with children attending a special school;
  • nursery employees working with children with statements of special educational needs; 
  • schools’ retained employees;
  • technicians; and 
  • social workers.

Conditions of Service

The NJC negotiated the National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service, known as the Green Book. This agreement also contains the Single Status Agreement which is a national framework with potential for local modification to suit local service requirements.

The Green Book is similar to the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document and Burgundy Book for teachers in schools.

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service contains information on pay and grading, leave, car allowances, meals and accommodation charges and grievance and disciplinary procedures

Family Friendly Rights

The NASUWT produces guidance for members with children on the provisions for maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. The guidance also contains information on rights to time off for family and domestic reasons. 

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) provides minimum rights and individual employers are at liberty to give more should they wish. An employee should check their contract and the staff handbook in their school to see whether the school provide greater than the statutory minimum.

Advice on the legal requirements is assessing risks in relation to new and expectant mothers’ job activities is set out on the Health and Safety Executive website New and Expectant Mothers at Work (new window).

Information on the occupational entitlement to maternity leave and pay are contained in Section 11 of Part 2 and Part 4.5 of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service. Information on the parental leave scheme is contained in Part 4.6. 

From 30 June 2014 every employee has the legal right to ask to work flexibly, provided they have 26 weeks (6 months) employment. 

This is no longer restricted to just parents and carers. An employee can only make one statutory request in any 12 month period.

The NASUWT has produced guidance on requesting Flexible Working, and generally on Part time work and job-share arrangements.

Many sixth form colleges will also offer the opportunity for teachers to participate in salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers/benefits, cycles for work, mobile phones and other benefits. Detailed guidance on salary sacrifice is provided by HM Revenue and Customs (new window). There is a standard Salary Sacrifice Form on which employees can apply or express an interest.

Temporary workers and supply teachers

The NASUWT provides advice on the rights of Supply Teachers, Teachers who work on a temporary basis or fixed-term contracts and on the rights of Teachers working for employment agencies.

Tax

The NASUWT provides a brief outline of the various tax allowances which teachers are eligible to claim under UK legislation in the NASUWT's brief guide to tax for teachers and Supply Teachers: You and Your Tax.

Further information or assistance

Members needing further information or assistance should contact their Local Association Secretary or Regional Centre.