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					Excellent Teacher Scheme: Teachers not statutorily covered by the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document
Context 1. The Excellent Teacher Scheme (ETS), introduced in September 2006, enables schools to create Excellent Teachers posts. Applicants must be assessed against the ET standards. The ET guidance sets out the role, the expectations, the standards, the application process, and the arrangements for external assessment and appointment of Excellent Teachers. 2.    To be eligible for an ET post, teachers must: have been paid on U3 for not less than two years when they take up post; be willing to meet the expectations of an Excellent Teacher; and either (a) be employed in a school where a vacancy for an Excellent Teacher exists and have been assessed as having met the ET standards, or (b) have been assessed as having met the AST standards prior to September 2007.

3. Statutory provision for the ET is in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). Teachers employed in schools or services similar to the maintained sector 4. The Department has decided that certain qualified teachers who are not statutorily covered by the STPCD but are employed in schools and services that closely resemble the maintained sector should be eligible to apply for assessment against the ET standards. These are as follows:       teachers employed in City Technology Colleges; teachers employed in Academies; teachers employed in non-maintained special schools (NMSS); teachers employed in MOD schools; teachers previously employed by an LEA whose employment has been transferred to a contractor as a result of DfES intervention; and teachers employed by local authorities who work in children’s homes maintained by an authority1.

5. Some of the teachers in the above settings will have contracts of employment that tie their pay and conditions of service to those in the STPCD. For these teachers, the eligibility rules are exactly the same as for teachers in maintained schools. These are set out in paragraphs 21 to 24 of the ET guidance. 6. Where teachers’ pay and conditions of service differ from those in the STPCD, to be eligible for an ETS post, teachers must:

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This includes local authority secure units, local authority community homes with education and any other residential establishment maintained by a local authority in the exercise of a social services function.

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have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a DCSF number have acquired a minimum of 6 years post-threshold teaching experience when they take up post; be willing to meet the expectations of an Excellent Teacher; and either (a) be employed in a setting where a vacancy for an Excellent Teacher exists and have been assessed as having met the ET standards or (b) have been assessed as having met the AST standards prior to September 2007.

7. The decision to create ET posts, and the remuneration attached to such posts is entirely a matter for these settings. 8. Details of the external assessment process can be found in the ET guidance. The DCSF will meet the cost of the assessments. 9. Once a teacher has been assessed as having met the ET standards they are eligible to apply for an ET post in any setting. Teachers employed in independent schools 10. Teachers employed in independent schools (except CTCs and Academies) are not eligible to apply for assessment against the ET standards. Once the scheme is embedded, the Department may consider opening up the ETS to independent schools. In the meantime, any teacher who moves from an independent school to a maintained school can, once eligible, apply for an ET post in the same way as teachers already serving in that sector.

Department for Children, Schools and Families August 2007


				
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