Q. The Teachers’ Review Body recommends that the 21 administrative and clerical tasks be removed from the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. Does this mean we can ask teachers to be more proactive chasing up attendance information?

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A. You are right that changes have been recommended to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) has suggested that the 21 administrative and clerical tasks be removed from the STPCD. This list of tasks currently includes investigating a pupil absence and producing analyses of attendance figures. However, the STRB have retained in their recommendations the principle that teachers should not be routinely required to do administrative and clerical tasks. Presumably you have a system that is working well at the moment and as such you should not change it fundamentally on the basis that the tasks aren’t specified in the same detail.

Most teachers have always been happy to administrate an element of attendance policy. Don’t put goodwill under pressure by being tempted to heap too much responsibility back on them.

First published on this website in June 2014.

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Ben Whitney

Ben Whitney is an independent education welfare consultant and trainer, with over 20 years’ experience in attendance management for two local authorities. He is the author of several books on both attendance and child protection. More information on his current training and consultancy services can be found at www.ben-whitney.org.uk.

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