As a result of the industrial action campaign Main Pay Scales teachers’ pay in East Sussex will rise this month to bring us back into line with union scales and other authorities like Brighton. The pay rise for this year will be implemented on top of this and mean we do not have any ongoing slipping behind of pay.
We would like to thank again all the reps and members who won this for all of us.
However we are now entering again negotiations for East Sussex Pay this year. The Government has delayed this process so additional pay is unlikely to be in place for another couple of months (It will be backdated when it comes through).
As part of the resolution from last year schools will be asked to release reps to attend a pay briefing on the East Sussex policy to try and make sure we can reach agreement on pay levels without a dispute. This is likely to be in the last week before the October half term reps please let your head know to expect a cover request. If you school does not have a rep we do need someone to attend so please get in touch. We will also cover using the government’s workload initiative to improve conditions in your school on this day.
East Sussex Music Service
We are very pleased to see the announcement that the Council is drawing back from cutting instrumental lessons from the East Sussex Music Service. This follows a petition set up by the NEU that got 12385 signatures and a fantastic public campaign lead by our NEU rep, parents, pupils and staff.
We are pleased with the decision taken by the governing body at Ringmer Primary that they will not become an academy. The NEU and GMB had been campaigning and raising our concerns about the conversion with parents and believe that staying with the local authority is the right decision.
Why we quit teaching - three teachers share their experiences
The teaching shortage is again in the news as we start a new academic year. This link to the BBC website gives three different points of view, outlining the reasons why three dedicated members of the profession have left teaching.
WHY WE QUIT