THAT Conference believes that the capability process is often abused, contributing to the large number of teachers leaving the profession. Until recently it was apparent that UPS3 teachers were mainly targeted by the capability process, but now main scale teachers and support staff are reporting the same. While Conference recognises the pressures on headteachers to save money and increase academic results with fewer resources, supporting teacher development with care is vital to retain colleagues and motivate staff teams.
Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council:
(i) investigate the practice of the capability process in England and Wales
(ii) work with other organisations and unions to produce joint research, publicise good practice and encourage members to follow advice
(iii) lobby the Government with the findings, exploring ways to establish support, care and value for all staff, with staff retention held as a priority.