‘Deep concern’ over teacher pay delay

Tes is reporting that a teaching union has expressed fears that this year’s delay in the annual pay award could be used by schools to deny teachers a pay rise. 

Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, spoke out following a delay for the fourth year running in the publication of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) report, which makes recommendations to the government on the annual pay for teachers.

Although there is no specified date by which the education secretary announces what the final pay award will be, unions say there needs to be enough time for proper consultation on the draft pay and conditions document changes and on the proposals themselves before schools break up for the summer.

The last three years has seen delays because of the 2015 and 2017 general election and the referendum on the EU in 2016. 

But Ms Keates said this time, there seemed little reason for the fact that teaching staff have yet to hear what increase they can expect at the start of next term. 

The NASUWT contacted the Secretary of State in early October 2017 to express concern about potential delays in the publication of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB)’s 28th report on the pay increase for the forthcoming school year.

“We explained categorically that late publication in previous years has led to either this being used as an excuse not to give teachers their pay award or to pay it many months after the entitlement date of 1 September.”

Nonetheless, unions say the DfE has had the STRB report since May. The DfE has been approached for comment. 

Many are hoping this year could see the first inflation-busting rise in many years. 

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