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You're a group 3- L11-24. 7 points per pupil then use tables below to work out group and scale.
Governors set 7 point scale within the given range, so could start at L17 or below. Can only go above range with very good reason.
Total Unit Score
Up to 1000
1001 – 2200
2201 – 3500
3501 – 5000
5001 – 7500
7501 – 11000
11001 – 17000
17001 and over
Range of Spine Points
L6 – L8
L8 – L21
L11 – L24
L14 – L27
L18 – L31
L21 – L35
L24 – L39
L28 – L43
Generally, governing body can only go above the range in order to recruit or retain a Headteacher.
Para 12 of STPCD applies.
ulutooI know there is a formula to calculate the ISR scale
Technically, no. There is a formula to calculate the school's group. Within that Group, there is a sliding scale of 7-point ranges which can be used to establish an ISR.
ulutooPrimary school, aged 4 - 11
KS2 only, so each pupil is worth 7 units
ulutoo good with some outstanding features
400 * 7 units = 2800 units. This makes it a Group 3 school.
ulutoo in quite a nice area in the South of England
Thanks all. I know we are a mid Group 3 school and are already at the top of the G3 scale. But, we (BofG) are under pressure from HT and DT to go above this. It is claimed that other similar schools have a higher scale.
We are understandably reluctant to do this but do want to be fair so are trying to establish if many schools like ours do indeed have a higher scale and if so why. Also, what are the usual factors cited when raising ISR to retain or attract an HT? Cost of living? Challenging school?
Have a look on Tes jobs and search HT jobs in your area. Look for similar size schools and see what the ranges are.
Usual reasons for going beyond ranges are: to attract or retain an outstanding candidate; to meet challenges (e.g. Special Measures, severely deprived intake).
Consider that schools, especially church schools, do find it hard to attract good candiates and a significant proportion of schools have to advertise at least twice. However, also consider the school budget and the fact that it could cost you around £3,000 in additional points for HT and DHT each year (and then an additional £3,000 each year to the end of the new point range) and this could be spent on the children.
It's a difficult decision. If you buy into an SLA with HR, ask them to come to a meeting of Personnel and offer advice. The School Improvement Partner (while you still have one) might also be able to support you.
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