Soulbury Committee background

ATL members who work as education advisers for local authorities are likely to be employed on the terms and conditions determined by the Soulbury Committee.

The committee has its own pay scales and covers approximately 6,000 staff including:

  • educational inspectors and advisers
  • educational psychologists
  • youth and community service officers.

In addition to the annual pay increase, this committee determines the national salary framework. On other conditions of service issues, the Soulbury agreement ensures that Soulbury officers have conditions which are not less favourable than other local government staff employed in the authority they work in.

Local authorities are able to use their discretion as to where they appoint on the Soulbury scale, but the Soulbury Committee have issued advice and guidance on where different levels of adviser posts should be placed on the pay scale with recommended minimum lowest points.

In 2000-01, the committee agreed a framework for structured professional assessment which involves officers being able to apply to their chief education officer to receive either one or two additional pay points on the Soulbury pay spine.

The report by the Soulbury Committee on the salary scales and conditions of service for Soulbury officers can be downloaded here.

Soulbury Pay 2014/15

For the pay year 2014/15, the recognised trade unions have submitted a claim for:

  • A substantial increase on all Soulbury pay scale points and all pay-related and London allowances from 1st September 2014
  • A specific car user allowance scheme which reflects the real costs of vehicle usage
  • Joint discussions on specific guidance to local employers on job evaluation of Soulbury roles. The unions met the Local Government Association (LGA) in July to discuss the claim.

At the meeting, the LGA declined to make any offer on pay for September 2014. They are consulting local authorities over the summer period, and have said that they will make an offer at a further meeting in the autumn. In the meantime, the LGA agreed to joint discussions on the other parts of the Soulbury claim.

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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