Education reforms including longer lunch breaks and additional inset days have been put forward in a bid to break the deadlock between Jersey teachers and the States Employment Board.
The SEB wants to bring in a number of changes in return for teachers accepting a pay increase in 2020.
It is offering an increase of RPI plus 1.3% and then, depending on savings made through their changes, an additional pay increase of at least 0.8%.
During talks to resolve the pay dispute, which has led to strike action and 13 schools being closed today, the government's suggestions were rejected.
The proposals included:
- Two additional inset days, to total 5 over the year.
- To consider extending lunch breaks from 1 hour to 1.5 hours, therefore lengthening the school day.
- Clarification over teachers' 1660 contracted hours over 192 days a year, providing a maximum of 38 hours of cover and 90 hours of meetings.
- Introducing higher level teaching assistants and/or cover supervisors.
- To discuss pay progression, time for planning lessons and assessments and a new approach to teacher appraisals.
The National Education Union, who have walked out today, described the conditional pay offer as 'neither reasonable nor fair'.