HR expertise wanted at the School Teachers’ Review Body
Are you an HR professional who can commit 25 days a year to improving the teacher workforce whilst boosting your career?
The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the independent body which makes recommendations to the Government on the pay and conditions of school teachers, is recruiting for two members with strategic HR experience and strong analytical skills.
As part of PM Jobs’ Wonderful Workplaces initiative, Jennifer Jackson, careers content editor, spoke to the Department for Education, who sponsor the STRB, to find out more about what the member opportunity involves and how it could enhance your HR career.
Tell me about the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) and the work it does
Each year the STRB is set a remit by the secretary of state for education asking for recommendations on changes to teachers’ pay and conditions. The STRB’s job is to consider all the evidence, including from government and other consultees such as teacher unions, before producing a report and set of recommendations for government to consider.
What is involved in the role of an STRB member?
The STRB assesses evidence from government and organisations representing schools and the teacher workforce, and visits schools and local authorities to develop its understanding of issues facing teachers. In recent years, the STRB has been asked to report on a variety of matters, including establishing a stronger link between teachers’ pay and performance, and providing greater flexibilities for governing bodies to produce individual pay policies for their schools.
What kind of people are you looking for?
We are particularly looking for individuals who have experience of operating at a strategic level within complex organisations and a strong understanding of pay, remuneration, performance management and reward issues.
We are also looking for people with strong analytical skills and who are able to credibly and effectively engage with a range of stakeholders.
Does this sound like you? Find out more and apply.
"For the right individual, being a member of the STRB will provide an influential and intellectually stimulating challenge.
"It will particularly draw on an HR professional’s skills and experience of considering how a pay system can best contribute to the recruitment, retention and motivation of an effective workforce."
Why would an HR professional want to take on this role? How will it advance their career?
For the right individual, being a member of the STRB will provide an influential and intellectually stimulating challenge. It will particularly draw on an HR professional’s skills and experience of considering how a pay system can best contribute to the recruitment, retention and motivation of an effective workforce.
It can also complement applicants’ current careers, given the time commitment of around 25 days a year. It will also provide experience of interacting with government and a wide range of other senior stakeholders.
What makes the STRB stand out as a ‘wonderful workplace’?
The STRB’s work has a direct impact on teachers, head teachers and school governing bodies, and through them, on the education of children and young people.
Members also get to interact with a wider range of interesting stakeholders including government ministers, senior union officials and teachers and head teachers.
How would you describe the working environment and culture?
The members of the STRB work collaboratively to gather and consider evidence on the teacher workforce and to formulate and collectively agree the review body’s recommendations to government. Members come from a range of professional backgrounds and each will bring their own areas of expertise to bear on the issues at hand.
What exciting initiatives is the STRB working on?
For 2018, the secretary of state’s remit letter asked the STRB to consider adjustments to salaries and allowances for teachers to support recruitment and retention. The STRB will also consider any future changes to the teacher pay system and how it can best support a clear and compelling career pathway for teachers and ensure we continue to attract high quality entrants to join the profession and support their progression within the workforce.
Sum up in 3 words what it’s like to work at the STRB
Challenging, interesting and influential.
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