SSTA Member Briefing - November 2017

Teachers Pay Claim for April 2017
Protracted discussions have taken place at the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT). It is hoped a final offer will be presented in the coming weeks.

Industrial Action - Members continue to be protected by the lawful ballot and are being advised to work within the SNCT contracted 35 hour working week and the school’s Working Time Agreement (WTA). Any work requested outside the WTA should be declined and reinforce the message that tasks can only be completed if time is made available. All guidance issued regarding the Industrial Action can be found at ‘Put pupils first – give teachers time to teach!’

Do you work in Pastoral Support or Guidance? The SSTA wants to hear from you!

The Association has been hearing reports that Principal Teachers of Pastoral Support/Guidance are supporting caseload numbers which are no longer compatible with a healthy work/life balance.

There have also been a number of comments that the job of a PT Pastoral Support/Guidance has developed significantly with GIRFEC.  It has been argued that  the job-sizing toolkit, introduced many years ago, is no longer able to encapsulate role responsibilities and reward PTs appropriately.

The Association plans to collect data in relation to the above via a short survey.  If the data supports the claims above then it will enable the Association to campaign for improved conditions and pay for those involved in offering valuable pastoral support to young people in schools.

If you are a PT Pastoral Support or Guidance and would like to be involved in this important survey, please sign-up to the survey mailing list at

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