Three new members have joined the body tasked with recommending pay levels and working times for teachers.

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) provides independent advice to the government on the pay and conditions of teachers and school leaders.

It was announced today Philippa Hird and Sir Robert Burgess have been appointed as members for a three-year term.

Ms Hird is a member of exam board AQA’s council, which is responsible for strategy and policy, a director of Cambridge HR Strategy Consulting and a non-executive director of the Remuneration Consulting Group.

Sir Robert was the vice chancellor of the University of Leicester until last September. He was also a founding director for the Centre for Educational Development at the University of Warwick and was knighted in 2010 for services to higher education.

Peter Batley, a chartered engineer, has also been reappointed to the board.

Dr Patricia Rice, chair of the STRB said: “I am confident that all three members’ knowledge and experience will greatly benefit the review body in its important work in considering pay and conditions for teachers.”

Schools Week reported last month education secretary Nicky Morgan had asked the body to look into offering teachers bonuses and more flexibility around moving pay scales.

It was the latest government effort to ensure the best teachers are rewarded and kept in the profession.

Picture: Sir Robert Burgess

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