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School Teachers’ Review Body – Chair

Location: National

Date Posted: 01/12/2020

Closing Date: 15/01/2021

£350/day – approx 30 days/annum

Vacancy Description

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is an independent body, which makes recommendations to the Government on the pay and conditions of school teachers in England.  Its work has a direct impact on teachers, headteachers and school governing bodies, and through them, on the education of children and young people.  The Secretary of State normally issues one remit per year for the STRB to consider.

The STRB assesses evidence from Government and organisations representing schools and the teaching profession, and visits schools and local authorities to develop its understanding of issues facing teachers. In addition to providing recommendations on annual pay awards for teachers and school leaders, the STRB has been asked to report on a variety of matters in recent years, including moving toward a pay structure with higher starting and early career salaries and relatively flatter pay progression and providing additional guidance to schools through advisory pay points.

As Chair of the STRB, you will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the STRB in fulfilling its functions as a public body; and for delivering high quality recommendations in response to the matters that have been referred to the STRB by the Secretary of State.

You will do this by:

• leading the work of the STRB in a way that deals comprehensively with the matters that have been referred to it; where necessary challenging existing assumptions; making effective use of the skills and expertise of the other members of the STRB; and providing effective challenge to the evidence and representations that are submitted to the STRB by the wide range of consultees;

• shaping the development of the STRB’s response to remits from the Secretary of State, including analysing written and oral evidence, reaching decisions, considering draft reports and official records of the round;

• effectively managing stakeholder relationships, recognising stakeholders’ differing priorities and perspectives (e.g. trade unions);

• effectively chairing meetings of the STRB, including representation sessions with consultees;

• managing the conduct of STRB business, operating in accordance with legal requirements (e.g. to ensure its approach is in line with equality legislation) and the code of conduct for board members of public bodies;

• representing the views of the STRB to consultees and the wider public.

 

Person Specification

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria.  In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of these requirements of the post.

Essential Criteria:

  • Expertise of providing strong leadership at a senior level, including chairing groups with diverse skills and experience to deliver consensus.
  • A detailed knowledge and understanding of pay, remuneration, performance management, labour market and reward issues and a strong understanding of the policy, financial and operational constraints that impact on remuneration decisions, especially in the public sector.
  • Expertise in analysing and interpreting detailed information such as statistical and economic data and information on legal, policy and HR matters and to draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Able to communicate effectively and command the respect of others quickly, to challenge and engage courteously particularly those of opposing views, facilitating agreement across a wide range of perspectives and attitudes.

 

Additional Information

Further information on the STRB can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/school-teachers-review-body

Secretariat support for the STRB and the other seven Pay Review Bodies is provided by the Office of Manpower Economics (OME), a non-statutory public body. The OME is staffed by civil servants but operates independent of the Government. Further information about the work of the Pay Review Bodies, including Review Body reports, can be found on the OME website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-of-manpower-economics

 

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 15th January at midday.

Please submit the following documents by email to: PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

  • A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12).
  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form.
  • Diversity form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you wish to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at: PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;
  • applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;
  • we cannot provide feedback at application stage; feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.

 

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