The governing body of a primary school has determined their committee structure, which includes a Pay Review Committee and Pay Review Appeal Committee. At a recent full governing body meeting, the pay review of a member of staff was discussed and a decision was made. The member of staff in question has now appealed this decision. As the decision was made in a full governing body meeting, all members are tainted. The governing body has therefore asked if a committee of independent governors (from outside the school) can be asked to hear the pay review appeal.
There are no provisions in the regulations to do delegate this matter to independent governors. The governing body will have to consider the following:
These are all difficult issues to resolve. In practice, trade unions are often agreeable for the matter to be dealt with by an independent panel made up of governors from another school, which is what’s being suggested by the governing body however, as noted above, there are no provisions within regulations for this to happen.