Save our School Secretaries
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Fife Council have recently announced a proposal of restructuring to their front line school services that would introduce a ‘cluster based management model’ that aims to allow for more collaborative working between primary and secondary schools. They view this as being useful to promote a more connected working environment, particularly where there is a joint Headteacher.
Faced with a squeeze on resources that mandates them to make £986k of savings in administration costs, they have plans to update the front line staffing budget and have recently announced a proposal to centralise some administrative tasks and downgrade the existing admin and clerical roles in 28 out of 42 primary schools and nurseries in the Waid, Bell Baxter and Madras Clusters. Other schools throughout Fife are also affected.
Whilst we realise the real need to make these administrative savings, given the pressure of austerity cuts on the Education budget, we are extremely concerned about the impact of this proposal across the NE Fife area on the education of our children. School Administration staff, in many smaller schools, are the first port of contact for most families and provide support that in most cases goes well beyond the parameters of their job descriptions. We are concerned that the Council has not recognised the impact that putting these staff at risk of their current jobs, or diminishing their value and working conditions, would have on our communities. We are at risk of losing years of experience and continuity - in some cases in schools which are held together by the School Administrator as the other staffing roles are already at risk annually due to school roll fluctuations.
We do not believe that this proposed process will best serve our community, and we ask for your support to tackle this proposal whilst it is in the consultation process. We would like Fife Council to reconsider their offer to make our FC5 Administrators have to either downgrade to an FC3 salary or look to be redeployed elsewhere in the education system and we do not believe that FC4 staff should be forced to take a pay cut to continue in their roles.
We are calling on Fife Council to reconsider their proposal at the consultation stage and look actively to make the proposed budget changes elsewhere to enable the affected Fife schools to retain the experience and continuity that our small schools have in their front line staff.
Please add your name to this petition to support our call to halt this potentially damaging proposal.
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