The Client
Rush Common Primary School

We worked with a number of maintained schools (totalled 11) in Oxfordshire including Rush Common Primary School. 

The Brief

A change in the approach to teachers pay, resulted in incremental increases no longer being automatically applied without a documented confirmation of competence against the National Teachers Standards.  However, there was insufficient detail in the National Teachers Standards to effectively evidence and justify decisions as well as support the personal or professional development of teachers. This highlighted an urgent need within Schools to see how they could implement this change to their new pay policy whilst also addressing a gap in their assessment capability.

Our Approach

We held exploratory meetings with the Senior Leadership teams; agreed a process and developed a project plan with the outcome of producing a more granular Competency Framework that the schools could use whilst also involving their teams. This was underpinned with a revised structure for their appraisal process.

We carried out a facilitated workshop session with the teachers, which we used to develop the detail in the Competency Framework to support the Teachers Standards. The Framework was devised so that it would support professional development and progression through the main and upper pay scales. We then extended the Framework to include school leaders as well as non-qualified teaching staff.

We also helped develop all the communication, which included the presentation of the finalised Framework to the teaching staff and, also liaised with the local trade union representatives. This helped to successfully embed the Competency Framework within the Schools alongside revised appraisal processes.

Client Contact

Head Teacher Maxine Evans
The Outcome

“SYLO | Beyond HR. are great to work with – they listen and respond to individual needs, are challenging but supportive and are highly skilled and adaptable. Our work with them has enabled us to develop and implement a sharp, focused appraisal process, which will enable managers to be more consistent, staff to develop their professional capability in a targeted way and the school to provide competencies-based evidence of staff performance.” Maxine Evans, Head Teacher, Rush Common Primary School