1. How does the NWPA apply to temporary or part-time lecturers or those who are employed to lecture solely on evening contracts?

  2. What are my working hours?

  3. How does the NWPA affect ‘discretionary time’, ‘self-locate’ or other flexible working arrangements?

  4. How does the NWPA affect evening classes? 

  5. How does the Agreement ensure that I have time for preparation and other professional duties?

  6. I am on a fixed term contract and worried that the summer holiday period will break my continuity of service. Will the NWPA help me?

  7. I want to go on secondment or am considering taking a period of unpaid leave but am worried about breaking my period of continuous service. Will the NWPA help me?

  8. Does the NWPA change anything in relation to Class Contact Hours?

  9. What changes does the NWPA make to Annual Leave?

  10. Does the NWPA make any changes to Salary Conservation?

  11. Does the NWPA make any changes to Transfer to Permanency?

  12. How does the NWPA affect periods of notice?

  13. How will the NWPA affect my sickness allowance and what I have to do at a local level?

  14. I have been acting up as a promoted lecturer for a continuous period of 2 years 5 months and it is anticipated that this arrangement will continue. How does the NWPA affect my situation?

  15. Does the NWPA change anything about unpromoted staff salary placement and progression?

  16. Section 13 refers to observation of learning. How does this relate to professional registration?

  17. How will the NWPA affect my facility time as a Trade Union rep at a local level?

  18. What policies can be determined at a local level and what ones have to be agreed nationally?

  19. Why do we need a ballot on the NWPA?

 

Q1. How does the NWPA apply to temporary or part-time lecturers or those who are employed to lecture solely on evening contracts?

 A. 'The terms of the NWPA are applicable to all lecturing staff without differentiation.' 

 

Q2. What are my working hours?

A. 'All lecturing staff will be expected to work such hours as are reasonably necessary for the proper performance of duties and responsibilities, within a working week of 35 hours, full time equivalent, exclusive of lunch break and inclusive of morning and afternoon breaks to be determined locally.' 

 

Q3. How does the NWPA affect 'discretionary time', 'self-locate' or other flexible working arrangements?

A. 'A lecturer may work outwith the college up to a maximum of seven hours per week, offered as a minimum half day block. The timing of such arrangements would be determined by the line manager in consultation with the lecturer, taking cognisance of the exigencies of the service. All working hours spent outwith college must be spent on appropriate college activities.'

 

Q4. How does the NWPA affect evening classes?

A. 'Teaching should be timetabled during the day whenever possible; where there is an operational requirement for an evening class then evening work will be allocated equitably, taking cognisance of individual circumstances, contractual arrangements and local collective agreements. No lecturer will be compelled to work for the morning, afternoon and evening in the same day nor work more than two evenings per week.'

 

Q5. How does the Agreement ensure that I have time for preparation and other professional duties?

A. 'The college will ensure that every lecturer has at least one half day with no class contact to provide a continuous period for additional professional duties, ie preparation, curriculum development, marking or professional development.'

 

Q6. I am on a fixed term contract and worried that the summer holiday period will break my continuity of service. Will the NWPA help me?

A. 'For fixed term contract holders, any natural period of time between teaching assignments shall not be deemed a break in service.'

 

Q7. I want to go on secondment or am considering taking a period of unpaid leave but am worried about breaking my period of continuous service. Will the NWPA help me?

A. 'Any agreed secondment or agreed period of unpaid leave will not be considered a break in service.'

 

Q8. Does the NWPA change anything in relation to Class Contact Hours?

A. 'The level and definition of Class Contact Hours for unpromoted and promoted lecturing staff is set out in the November 2017 NJNC Agreement and NJNC Circular 01/18.'

 

Q9. What changes does the NWPA make to Annual Leave?

A. Section 6 deals with annual leave.

 

Q10. Does the NWPA make any changes to Salary Conservation?

A. 'Salary Conservation provisions are set out in the November 2017 NJNC Agreement and NJNC Circular 01/18.'

 

Q11. Does the NWPA make any changes to Transfer to Permanency?

A. 'The rules governing transfer to permanence are contained in the November 2017 NJNC Agreement and NJNC Circulars 01/18 and NJNC Circular 04/18.'

 

Q12. How does the NWPA affect periods of notice?

A. Section 9 deals with periods of notice.

 

Q13. How will the NWPA affect my sickness allowance and what I have to do at a local level?

A. Section 10 deals with Sickness Allowance.

 

Q14. I have been acting up as a promoted lecturer for a continuous period of 2 years 5 months and it is anticipated that this arrangement will continue. How does the NWPA affect my situation?

A. 'Where an acting appointment has been in place for a continuous period of two years and is anticipated to continue, the arrangements should be reviewed and the provisions of Circular 04/18 applied.'

 

Q15. Does the NWPA change anything about unpromoted staff salary placement and progression?

A. 'The arrangements are set out in NJNC Circular 03/18 and NJNC Circular 01/19.'

 

Q16. Section 13 refers to observation of learning. How does this relate to professional registration?

A. 'Lecturing staff will require professional registration with the General Teaching Council (Scotland) (GTCS) as per agreement. Circular 03/18.  Professional registration is a mark of teaching professionalism and will raise the status and standing of lecturer professionalism in colleges.

The role of qualifies, experienced professional lecturing staff is central to teaching and learning.  While attainment and retention are impacted by a complex range of personal, socioeconomic and cultural factors, a high-quality learning and teaching experience is central to raising attainment and learner success.

To this end, and in line with lecturer Professional Update, Professional Standards for Lecturers, GTCS Registration and agreed College procedures, lecturers will participate in Staff Development Reviews/Professional Review and Development process, observation of learning, reflective practice and professional learning.'

 

Q17. How will the NWPA affect my facility time as a Trade Union rep at a local level?

A. 'Colleges will establish local agreements to cover the amount of time with pay (including remission) that will be provided for trade union representatives carrying out duties associated with local bargaining and representation.  The colleges shall be responsible for the appropriate teaching cover.'

 

Q18. What policies can be determined at a local level and what ones have to be agreed nationally?

A. 'The NJNC will oversee the development of and approval for a suite of National Staffing Policies for college staff.

National Staffing Policies will include, but not be limited to:

  • Absence Management
  • Family Friendly Policies (including Maternity, Paternity, Special Leave etc)
  • Discipline and Grievance
  • Flexible Working
  • Professional Development.

Staffing policies approved by the NJNC may be supplemented by other policies and procedures agreed locally.

In the event of any conflict between any local Staffing Policy at any college and any NJNC Circular, then any provision of the NJNC Circular shall take precedence.'

 

Q19. Why do we need a ballot on the NWPA?

A. The NWPA has been agreed at the NJNC but is subject to ratification by both sides. The FELA Executive decided that given the significance of the NWPA, it was appropriate to seek members’ mandate to ratify the changes which have been agreed and are reflected in the terms and conditions of employment contained in the NWPA.

The consultative ballot on the NWPA opened on Monday, 13th and will close at 10am on Wednesday 29th May 2019.