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A colloquial term for further education teachers' pay scale and conditions as they existed before the incorporation of further education colleges in 1993. Until that time, conditions of service for teachers in the sector were enshrined in a printed document which had a silver cover and was commonly referred to as ‘the Silver Book’. Following incorporation in 1993, when further education colleges were removed from local authority control, national pay and conditions were abolished, and individual colleges were required to negotiate salaries and conditions with their staff. Some teachers took the option to decline the revised conditions and retained instead their original terms of employment, which gave them shorter working days and longer holidays. However, this also meant that they had to forgo any incremental increases in salary. These teachers were referred to as ‘Silver Book staff’. See also Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

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