The DfE’s suggestion that teachers pay rise should be limited to 2 per cent pay rise because that is what is “affordable nationally” has been branded “disgraceful” and “derisory” by unions. Tes reports.
The NAHT headteachers’ union said that many teachers had received a real terms pay cut last year, and that “further depressions to pay” would undermine the government’s recruitment strategy.
In evidence submitted by Damian Hinds yesterday to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the education secretary said: “On affordability, the evidence sets out the importance of ensuring that the pay award does not place undue pressure on school budgets, with a 2 per cent increase in per teacher pay being affordable nationally, in the context of the cost pressures faced by schools and headroom available for increases in teachers’ pay.”
Responding to the DfE’s evidence, Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of the NAHT, said “Affordability should not be part of the STRB’s remit.
“It is an independent body and should not have its deliberations influenced in this way before they have even begun.”
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: “A 2 per cent increase would be derisory. It would be yet another real-terms pay cut and would further fuel the teacher supply crisis.”
According to an NEU survey of almost 34,000 teachers, that 70 per cent are already considering leaving the profession due to poor levels of pay.
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