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Renfrewshire Council Joint Negotiating Committee for Teaching Staff
31 Aug 2021 - 14:00 to 16:00
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Agenda

Agenda
Notification
Committee Members
Standard Items
Membership
Representing Renfrewshire Council Management

Provost L Cameron; Councillor J Paterson; G McKinlay, Head of Schools (Joint Secretary); J Calder, Head of Service (Curriculum and Quality; J Colquhoun, Education Manager (Development); K Henry, Head Teacher, St Andrew’s Academy; H Paterson, Head Teacher, Heriot Primary School; A Hall, Education Manager (Development); M Thomas, Education Manager (Development); and L Mullin, Principal HR and OD Adviser (Finance & Resources).

Representing Renfrewshire Council Teaching Staff

K Fella (Joint Secretary), C Carson, T Millar,  Y Murray, M Russell, D Tolland, JP Toner (all EIS); J Liston (SSTA); L Gibson (NASUWT); tbc (Voice); and S McCrossan (Adviser to the Teachers’ side).
Further Information

This is a meeting which is open to members of the public. 

A copy of the agenda and reports for this meeting will be available for inspection prior to the meeting  online at http://renfrewshire.cmis.uk.com/renfrewshire/CouncilandBoards.aspx

For further information, please either email
democratic-services@renfrewshire.gov.uk or telephone 0141 618 7103.

Items Of Business
Apologies
Apologies from members.
Declarations of Interest
Members are asked to declare an interest in any item(s) on the agenda and to provide a brief explanation of the nature of the interest.
There were no declarations of interest intimated prior to the commencement of the meeting.
Consider Appointment of Chairperson for this Meeting.
1
In accordance with the terms of the local recognition and procedure agreement, which stated that the Chair of the Committee should alternate between the two sides comprising the Renfrewshire Council Joint Negotiating Committee for Teaching Staff, it was agreed that Craig Carson  would chair this meeting of the Renfrewshire Council Joint Negotiating Committee for Teaching Staff.

DECIDED
: That Craig Carson chair this meeting of the Renfrewshire Council Joint Negotiating Committee for Teaching Staff.
 
Minute of previous meeting held on 8th June, 2021.
2
There was submitted the Minute of the previous meeting held on 8 June 2021.

It was noted that D Tollan’s name had been omitted from the sederunt.

DECIDED: That the Minute as amended, be approved.
 
Report by Joint Secretary (Management Side)
5
There was submitted a report by the Joint Secretary (Management Side)  relative to 
updates to the SNCT handbook in June 2021.

DECIDED: That the report be noted.
 
Report by Joint Secretary (Management Side)
7
There was submitted a report by the Joint Secretary (Management Side)  relative to the payment and placement of Educational Psychologists on the pay scale. 

The guidance noted that the post of probationer educational psychologist would no longer exist after 1 September 2022.  After this time, an educational psychologist would be placed on Point 1 of the salary scale.

DECIDED: That the report be noted.
 
Report by Joint Secretary (Management Side)
6
There was submitted a report by the Joint Secretary (Management Side)  relative to the implementation of the GTCS refreshed and restructured Professional Standards for Scotland's Teachers.

The report advised that the General Teaching Council for Scotland formally enacted  the Professional Standards for Teachers in Scotland on 2 August 2021.  The refreshed and restructured Professional Standards described teacher professionalism in Scotland and promoted partnership, leadership enquiry and professional learning.  Links to the Standards were provided  in Appendix 1 to the report. 

The report indicated that Renfrewshire Council was committed to supporting staff at all levels to use the suite of Standards individually and collaboratively, contributing to both their own professional growth and the professional growth of others, through the provision of resources and professional learning opportunities as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report. The related Professional Review and Development and Professional Update Guidance would be updated to reflect the new suite of Standards.

DECIDED: That the report be noted.
 
Report by Joint Secretary (Teachers' Side)
8
There was submitted a report by the Joint Secretary (Teachers’ Side) relative to the importance of ventilation in school buildings and classrooms, as in the most recent Scottish Government advice there was an emphasis on a more proactive use of CO2 monitors.

The Head of Schools advised that the CO2 monitors had been ordered for schools and in consultation with Head Teachers these would be in place by the end of October 2021.

In response to a question on the strategy for the use of monitors, the Head of Schools  advised that there would be on-going discussion with teachers and that the first batch of monitors would be in schools in the next few weeks.

DECIDED

(a) That the report be noted; and

(b) That discussions with teacher representatives and management in relation to a policy on ventilation in schools would continue, and that a further report would be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee.
 
Report by Joint Secretary (Teachers' Side)
9
There was submitted a report by the Joint Secretary (Teachers’ Side) relative to the move into education recovery and the use of  as many teachers as possible in order to support children and young people with their educational progress.

The report advised that the Scottish Government had indicated that all available teachers should be recruited and had recently announced a further £50 million to enable councils to recruit more teachers.   It was noted that the Scottish Government would work collaboratively with the trade unions to identify any teachers currently registered but experiencing difficulty obtaining work. 

Renfrewshire Council was currently advertising to enhance the Council’s teacher supply pool.

DECIDED

(a) That the report be noted; and 

(b) That discussions with teacher representatives and management in relation to a policy on teacher recruitment should continue, with a further report submitted to a future meeting of the Committee.
 
Report by Joint Secretary (Teachers' Side)
10
There was submitted a report by the Joint Secretary (Teachers' Side) relative to the announcement by the UK Government of an additional public holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  The report indicated that there would be implications for the previously agreed holiday calendar. In addition, the agreed holiday pattern for session 2022/23 had been impacted by the position of other Councils in relation to their placing of the October holiday week.

The teachers side sought assurances that the current policy in relation to booked holidays booked and subsequent changes to the holiday calendar would continue. G McKinlay indicated that the policy would remain in place. 

DECIDED:

(a) That the report be noted; and 

(b) That discussions with teacher representatives and management in relation to a policy on changes to the holiday calendar should continue, with a further report submitted to a future meeting of the Committee.
 
10 Date of Next Meeting
Members are asked to note that the next meeting  will be held on 9 November 2021.
11
DECIDED: That it be noted that the next meeting of the Renfrewshire Council Joint Negotiating Committee for Teaching Staff was scheduled for Tuesday, 9 November 2021 at 2.00 pm.

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

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