Sixth form colleges - pay background

Sixth Form College Pay Negotiations 2016-17 (October 2016 update)

The Staff Side met representatives of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, the colleges' national body, on Wednesday 28 September to resume discussion on sixth form college teachers' pay and conditions.

At the meeting, SFCA representatives made a pay offer of 1% on all scale points and allowances from 1 January 2017. The increase would apply to the new pay scales on the revised pay framework which most colleges have implemented from 1 September 2016 and the former pay scales which are still used in colleges that have deferred implementation.

The Staff Side expressed disappointment and restated its view that the scales should be increased by a minimum of 1% from 1 September 2016. Following discussion, however, the Staff Side agreed to consult members about the pay offer and the three unions will consider it through their internal procedures before a further meeting of the Committee for Teaching Staff on 21 November.

Pay and conditions for 2016

Agreement was reached by the NJC for Sixth Form Colleges in early 2015 on the implementation of a new pay and appraisal framework for SFCs from September 2016. That agreement provided for the implementation of a revised pay structure with specified pay scales intended to restore comparability with schoolteachers' pay at both the minimum and maximum of the scales.

The trade union pay submission for 2016, therefore, simply calls on the employers' side to ensure that the pay structure set out in the agreement is implemented form September 2016 on the basis agreed and with reference to the pay ranges for schoolteachers from September 2016 when they are determined. If the revised schoolteacher pay scales are known in time, we hope to meet with the SFC at the end of July, but it is possible that this may have to be delayed until September.

  • You can read the submission in full here.

Need further advice?

Your first point of contact is your ATL rep in your school or college. Your local ATL branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact ATL's member advisors on tel: 020 7930 6441 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.


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