You should contact eligible existing and former staff as soon as possible to provide them with information about the payment.
A standard set of words that you can use to do this is below.
One-off exceptional £400 payment for lecturers supporting the delivery of the Alternative Certification Model for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in 2020/2021.
In acknowledgement of COVID-19 related disruption to young people’s education this academic year, examinations for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses in 2021 were cancelled. Instead, this year’s National Qualifications have been awarded based on teacher’s and lecturer’s judgement of evidence of each individual learner’s demonstrated attainment.
The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, announced on 8 December 2021 a one-off exceptional £400 payment for teachers and lecturers involved in the assessment, marking and quality assurance of National 5, Higher and Advanced Highers in the absence of the 2021 examination diet.
The Scottish Ministers wish to recognise the additional work undertaken in relation to delivering the Alternative Certification Model for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in 2020/2021. The payment will be made following completion of teacher’s and lecturer’s work in relation to this.
This is a £400 pro rata payment and the maximum payable is £400. Those who work full-time or part-time are eligible for the payment. This includes whether you have a permanent or temporary contract. So long as you were employed between 1 January 2021 and 3 September 2021 as a lecturer and supported the delivery of the ACM.
Those who were shielding; on sick leave; on maternity, paternity, adoption leave; or furloughed are not precluded from qualifying for this payment if they have had a role in supporting the delivery of the ACM.
In most cases we will be able to make this payment to you through your normal payroll without any information from you.
If you have more than one employer, left your role, retired or receive benefits we may need to make a change to your payment.
Please read the information attached and notify us as soon as possible if we need to make a change to your payment. We need this information before [date] so that we request the correct amount from the Scottish Government to make the payment to our staff.
We can spread the payment to you over a period of up to 3 months if this reduces the impact it has on your benefits. You need to notify us by [date] if you want us to do this.