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Joint Statement - Mgmt Side and NITC 08.04.20.

Joint Statement from Management Side of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee and the Northern Ireland Teaching Council (NITC)

At a meeting of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee (TNC) this morning (Wednesday 8th April), and following receipt of the appropriate approvals from the Department of Education and the Department of Finance, Management Side submitted a formal offer to the NITC to resolve the long running industrial dispute of teachers’ pay and workload.

Details of the formal offer are outlined in the executive summary attached. The formal offer, if accepted will bring an end to current industrial action with immediate effect following ratification.

The five recognised trade unions (INTO, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU and UTU) comprising the NITC will now consult with their individual membership on the proposals in advance of any formal acceptance.

Both Management and Trade Union Side recognise this development comes at a time of unprecedented crisis facing our entire community and the world beyond, and wish to acknowledge and pay tribute to all staff across the HSCNI who are working selflessly for us all. We also want to recognise the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the teaching workforce, who continue to play a crucial role in extremely difficult circumstances, in assisting with the fight to defeat this virus.

Executive Summary of Agreement 08.04.20

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF AGREEMENT

  1. The Teachers’ Negotiating Committee (TNC), comprised of the Department, employing authorities, sectoral bodies and teaching unions, has reached an agreement on a resolution of the current industrial dispute.
  1. The parties agree to a series of measures to address teacher concerns about workload and accountability and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the education system. The agreement addresses three key areas:
  • Teachers’ Pay
  • Measures to be progressed urgently
  • Reviews in nine key areas

 Teachers’ Pay

  1. In addition to incremental progression within salary scales, which for teachers, is payable by contractual entitlement, teacher salary scale points will be revised as follows:

With effect from 1 September 2017:

  • a 2.25% cost of living pay award will be paid to all teachers; and
  • teaching allowances will be increased by 2.25%.

With effect from 1 September 2018:

  • a further 2% cost of living pay award will be paid to all teachers; and
  • teaching allowances will be increased by 2%.

Measures to be Progressed Urgently

  1. TNC has agreed that a number of measures in respect of workload, industrial relations, inspection and health and wellbeing will be implemented from the date of ratification of the agreement.

Reviews in Nine Key Areas

  1. Nine key areas were identified for review during negotiations:
  • Review of Employment Model for Teachers
  • Review of the Use of Temporary and Substitute Teachers
  • Review of Workload Agreement
  • Review of Workload Impact on School Leaders
  • Review of Workload Associated with Special Educational Needs (SEN) Provision
  • Review of Accountability Framework
  • Review of Consultation Arrangements – Management and Teaching Unions
  • Review of Statutory Assessment at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
  • Review of Initiatives to Promote and Support Teacher Health and Wellbeing.
  1. A dedicated Working Group will be established to take forward the reviews with the first six beginning as soon as possible and running concurrently. The membership of the Working Group will be seconded from their normal employment. Work will begin on all nine review areas as soon as possible to an agreed schedule.
  1. The arrangements will not take effect until formal ratification of the agreement by the trade unions. At the date the agreement is formally ratified by both parties, all industrial action will cease. There will be a carefully managed and supported transition towards revised working practices in schools with an agreed implementation plan.

Letter To CCMS RE Temporary Modification of Education Duties

DENI

Rathgael House,   

43 Balloo Road,    

Rathgill, Bangor   

BT19 7PR           

T: 02891 279 765

Gerry Campbell

Chief Executive, CCMS

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 April 2020

Dear Gerry

Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No. 2) Notice (NI) 2020.. 

  1. The Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 25 March
  1. Under the Coronavirus Act 2020 the Department has the power to issue a Notice disapplying or modifying any one or more of the provisions  listed in Part  II of the Education (NI) Order 1996 and the Education (Special Educational Needs) Regulations (NI) 2005 for a specified
  1. Please see attached a Notice in exercise of the powers conferred on the Department by section 38(3)(c) and paragraph 17(1), (2)(b) and (d) and (7) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act
  1. The Notice modifies the duties on the Education Authority; Schools; Boards of governors of schools; the Health and Social Services Authority  and parents  to a best endeavours duty but only where the inability to comply with that original duty is attributable to the temporary closure of schools in Northern Ireland  or  the reallocation of Education Authority or health and social care resources to meet other essential services required as a result of the current outbreak of coronavirus in Northern Ireland.
  1. The Department considers this as an appropriate and proportionate action as Statutory authorities are unable to comply with the original duties due to the temporary closure of schools in Northern Ireland and/or the reallocation of Education Authority or health and social care resources to meet other essential services required as a result of the current outbreak of coronavirus in Northern
  1. The Notice lasts 28 days and can be revoked or amended if the situation changes before that. A further Notice may be issued after 28 days by the Department in respect of the same duty or duties, if
  1. Under Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act the Department is required to publish a notice under this paragraph and to take such other steps as the Department considers reasonable to bring the notice to the attention of those likely to be affected by
  1. I would be grateful if you could bring this Notice to the attention of any of your stakeholders who are likely to be affected by
  1. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to call

Yours sincerely,

RICKY IRWIN

DIRECTOR, INCLUSION AND WELLBEING

Temporary Modification of Education Duties

EDUCATION

The Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.2) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Made                             02 April 2020

Coming into operation  02 April 2020

 

 

The Department of Education• makes the following Notice in exercise of the powers conferred on it by

section 38(3)(c) and paragraph 17(1), (2)(b) and (d) and (7) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 20202•

The Department considers that the making of this Notice is an appropriate and proportionate action in all the circumstances because the current outbreak of coronavirus in Northern Ireland has hindered compliance with the statutory duties set out in paragraph I 7(2)(b) and (d) of Schedule 17 to that Act.

  1. Citation, commencement and interpretation

(1).This Notice may be cited as the Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No. 2) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020 and shall come into operation on 02 April 2020.

(2).ln this Notice -

"cancellation notice" has the meaning set out in paragraph 17(8) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020;

"the Department" means the Department of Education in Northern Ireland; "the Health and Social Care Authority" means:-

(a)           the Regional Health and Social Care Board3; or

(b)           a health and social care trust established under Article 10 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 19914;

"the specified period" shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 3.

  1. Modification

The provisions referred to in sub-paragraph (I) are-

Articles 6 to 2 IB of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/274 (NJ. 1)) (duties in relation to special educational needs); and

1 2016 c.5 (N.I.) (See s.1(11) and the Schedule)

2 Coronavirus Act 2020 c.7

3 2009 c.1 (N.I.) (See s.7 and Schedule 1)

4 S.I. 1991/194 (N.1.1)

(b) Regulations 5 to 22 of the Education (Special Educational Needs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. 2005 No. 384) (duties in relation to assessments and statements).

(3)           Any duty (the original duty) on any of the bodies listed in heads (a) to (e) is replaced with a best endeavours duty (a best endeavours duty) but only where an inability to comply with that original duty is attributable to the temporary closure of schools in Northern Ireland or the reallocation of Education Authority or health and social care resources to meet other essential services required as a result of the current outbreak of coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

(a)           Education AuthorityS;

(b)           schools in Northern Ireland;

(c)           boards of governors of schools;

(d)           Health and Social Services Authority or

(e)           parents.

  1. Specified Period

(1) The specified period is a period of 28 days from and including the commencement date, unless the Department issues a cancellation notice before that period. A further Notice may be issued after 28 days by the Department in respect of the same duty or duties.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Education on 02 April 2020

Derek Baker

A senior officer of the

Department of Education

Notes

5 Section 1(1) of the Education Act {NI) 2014 c.12 (N.I.)

IMPORTANT NOTICE - CCMS RECRUITMENT

Due to the current restrictions due to  COVID 19, CCMS will cease to advertise any new appointments from today (24/03/2020) until further notice.  We will keep this under review.

Letter from Minister Weir 24.03.2020

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER

Rathgael House 43 Balloo Road Rathgill BANGOR

BT19 7PR

Tel: 028 9127 9306

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 24 March 2020

Dear Colleagues

 I firstly want to record my gratitude to many of you for the manner in which you have responded to the very serious threat society is facing from Covid 19. I am greatly encouraged that so many teaching and non-teaching staff have taken the lead in assisting in the educational supervision for children of key and critical workers across Northern Ireland. Yesterday, on its first day of the scheme operating, 519 schools and educational settings were open and available for children and I know more schools and settings have indicated they are also ready to open.

 In communication which issued from my Permanent Secretary on 20th March, and in my statement that afternoon, I advised that guidance would continue to be updated and augmented as the scheme became operational. This is to ensure that school and pre- school leaders can respond to questions and queries that arise on the ground and are able to adjust to fast-moving events as they unfold. I have therefore enclosed further updated guidance taking account of the queries we've received from a variety of sources and I will continue to provide further iterations as the days and weeks unfold.

 Detailed data was collected yesterday about the number of children and staff attending our educational facilities, I am grateful to you for taking the time to forward this information to the department as it allows officials to plan and make adjustments to the scheme as required.

 As we go forward I would like to reinforce the following aspects of the scheme that may be applicable in certain settings:

Where schools and pre-schools wish to work together to create a localised cluster arrangement, i.e. where certain settings in a close geographical area wish to agree collectively to have a 'hub' type setting to service all children within the area, this is permissible where it is sensible to do so and the daily data capture will continue to collect information around local arrangements. Officers from the Education Authority's School Development Service will support schools and pre-schools locally who wish to engage in a collaborative arrangement. This is covered within the amended guidance attached, including who to contact in the EA and the essential information required;

 We need to ensure that critical workers are able to continue to do their important roles, therefore I will seek to ensure that the education sector can continue to provide assistance for as long as possible. However I would reemphasise the message I have previously stated; that parents / carers should only send children to an educational setting if there are no other viable arrangements, schools and pre- schools should be open to vulnerable children or those who have at least one parent/carer who is a key/critical in relation to dealing with the Covid-19 response, and all schools and pre-schools must ensure stringent social distancing rules are in place at all times.

 For the avoidance of doubt I would strongly encourage all settings to play their part in providing this service for our key/critical workers. Thank you for your continued support and I and my officials are available to continue to assist with the details of the scheme as we move forward.

 PETER WEIR MLA

Minister of Education

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