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

The recognised Soulbury unions met the Local Government Association (LGA) on 22 October 2013 to discuss pay and conditions of service. The union pay claim was for a significant pay increase on all scale points. The unions pointed out that local authorities maintain a significant strategic role in education and other services for young people and that Soulbury officers remain a key group in the delivery of those obligations and services.

In response, the LGA made the following offer:

  • A pay offer of a 1% increase on all Soulbury scale points and allowances from 1 September 2013.
  • Further discussions on issues of concern to the Soulbury associations including job evaluation, local consultation and negotiation, LA car user schemes and other issues already under discussion.

The offer, although very disappointing, was as expected given the 1% increase already agreed for Local Government Services and imposed on school teachers. It extends to all points of the Soulbury scale, including those above the local government scales, unlike the 2009 Soulbury pay increase which did not apply to Soulbury scale points higher than those scales.

Following careful consideration, the recognised unions have reluctantly accepted the offer.

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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