The DfE is in discussions with the Treasury about options that could avoid schools having to fund a teachers’ pay rise from their own budgets, Tes understands.
It has also emerged that ministers are considering shifting money within the Department to fund an above-inflation teacher pay rise. Axing the flagship £75 million Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund is one suggested solution.
News of the activity at Sanctuary Buildings is being welcomed by heads, who have said it is “essential that pay rises are funded from central government coffers”.
However, DfE sources have still not totally ruled out some or all of a teacher pay rise having to come from school budgets.
Tes understands that the DfE remains locked in negotiations with the Treasury about teachers’ pay, with “a lot of different options being touted”, but “nothing agreed until everything is agreed”.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the NAHT heads union, welcomed news the school leaders’ worst nightmare could be avoided.
He told Tes: “I hope that with those options still being discussed it demonstrates that the government has heard the message that schools can’t afford to fund a significant pay rise.”
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