The TES is reporting that funding for teachers’ pay rises is to be limited to an annual 1 per cent for four years between 2016-2020…
Chancellor George Osborne announced in the budget today that public sector pay rises would be 1 per cent for 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. A Treasury spokeswoman confirmed to TES that this would apply to funding for teacher pay.
Some teachers are set for a 2 per cent pay rise from September 2015, and the spokeswoman said this would not be affected by today’s announcement.
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The Chancellor cannot continue to hold teachers’ pay behind private sector pay and expect teaching to remain an attractive profession. It would be a recipe for disaster to have fewer teachers when it’s expected that there will be thousands more pupils in schools…”
Fwiw I’m not sure how accurate Mary Bousted’s claim is on the state of teachers’ pay against private sector pay (at least as detailed in the most recent DfE submission to the STRB – see this chart) as it has been a tough few years for many in the private sector too.
However, presumably this will come down to supply and demand and if the recruitment crisis escalates surely the government will have no option but to increase pay to attract/retain more in the profession?
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