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9 April 2020
To all Principals
To all Principals of Catholic Maintained Schools
Easter is a time of celebration, hope and joy. It is a time when we are reaffirmed in the centrality of the Easter story in our lives as People of the Resurrection. It is a time when darkness gives way to light. The Cross becomes a sign, not of defeat but of Victory.
Despite the joy of the Resurrection that fills our hearts, this Easter speaks to a global reality of uncertainty, fear and panic, with the challenges of the indiscriminate Covid-19 pandemic. Some of your communities will have already suffered through illness and even death. And yet, at a time of so much distress and perplexity, the Cross of Victory leads us with confidence to trust that we will overcome this crisis and the challenges that it brings, and that we can all eventually re-build a sense of normality – in our homes, in our school families, in our parish communities and in our bigger world.
We write at this time to commend you as school principals for the inspired leadership and courage that you continue to demonstrate in the midst of this extremely challenging and worrying time. Your ongoing resilience and resolve to work together for the common good is laudable. Your support and the services you are providing for your pupils and their families - not only within your own schools, but across the wider education community - has been most reassuring and welcoming. In a time of fear and loneliness, the strength of your communities is a precious gift.
On behalf of CCMS, we wish to thank you for your calm, joined-up leadership and support that you continue to give to our educational partners, our pupils, their families and other stakeholders throughout this period. There is a collective strength as we all travel this journey together. I ask you to pass on sincere thanks to your school staff, your families and all who support you at this time in your endeavours.
We will continue to hold in our prayers all who are working to overcome this crisis, whether they be in education or other front-line services such as the Health and Social Care sector.
Bishop Donal McKeown DD Gerry Campbell
CHAIR CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Joint Statement from Management Side and NITC 8 April 2020
Date published: 08 April 2020
At a meeting of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee (TNC) on Wednesday 8 April 2020, and following receipt of the appropriate approvals from the Department of Education and the Department of Finance, a formal offer was submitted to the Northern Ireland Teaching Council (NITC) to resolve the long running industrial dispute of teachers’ pay and workload.
A joint statement was issued by Management Side of the TNC and the NITC.
Details of the formal offer are outlined in the executive summary. The formal offer, if accepted will bring an end to current industrial action with immediate effect following ratification.
TNC has issued a letter to each teacher in Northern Ireland together with a copy of the Joint Communication – Teachers’ Pay and Workload Settlement 2017-19.
A copy of the Ministers statement is available here
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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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.