A charter for professional respect in further education

We call on the AoC and colleges to sign up to our five-point charter for professional respect in further education.

1.  Workload:

  • an agreed national policy on the delivery of guided learning hours
  • the resourcing of more administration staff
  • nationally agreed class size recommendations for 16-18 and 19 +
  • a set of agreed workload and wellbeing protocols such as working from home agreements
  • a set of agreed boundaries for contacting staff by email or phone.

2.  Pay:

  • a 10% increase in pay. This is a first step to restore more than the 35% cut in real pay for FE staff over a decade. After two significant increases in base rate funding and inflation running above 7% this claim is reasonable
  • a commitment to close gender and ethnic pay gaps
  • to reduce the use of precarious employment.

3.  Valuing the professional judgement of practitioners:

  • colleges to establish forums where practitioners and trade union representatives are consulted about ongoing professional development support to avoid imposed target driven training
  • place the departmental team at the centre of staff development in each area to allow collegiate practices to determine the support needs of the practitioner
  • colleges to recognise the positive role that Union Learning Representatives play, their statutory rights and to provide facility time to support their role.

4.  A meaningful national bargaining framework:

  • colleges to agree a national bargaining framework that levels up the sector and is binding. An equal sector is a more productive one.

5.  Trade unions treated as partners:

  • recognised trade unions to have representation on bodies/committees throughout colleges including, governing bodies, curriculum and health and safety committees.

A charter for professional respect in further education

This petition is now closed. Thank you for your support.

End date: May 11, 2023

Signatures collected: 25

25 signatures

Signed:
25
Janet Farrar
 
24
Joyce Rutherford
 
23
Joanna Tait
 
22
Liz Clay
 
21
Heidy Kempe-Bottcher
 
20
Stacey Salt
 
19
Graham Mellors
 
18
Camilla David
 
17
Caroline King
 
16
Lucy Corr
 
15
Kyran Joughin
 
14
Fabrizio Moraggi
 
13
Behzad Tarfiee
 
12
Liam Orr
 
11
LAMIA GRAHAM
 
10
Poras Miah
 
9
naureen adam
 
8
Claire Glascock
 
7
Ben Nobes
 
6
Wojciech Dmochowski
 
5
Sarah Daisley
 
4
Lesley Rogers
 
3
Deena Omar
 
2
Derron Lia
 
1
Richard McEwan