Education unions write to Gavin Williamson about teacher pay, career progression and retention

ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice, representing the majority of teachers in England, have called on Gavin Williamson, the new Secretary of State, to set aside his predecessor’s recommended 2.75% pay increase for teachers from September in favour of a fully-funded 5% increase. FE News reports.

Such an increase should be the start of a programme to urgently restore the value of teacher pay following the real-terms cuts against inflation since 2010.  Such urgent action is needed to reward teachers for the vital job they do and to ensure that the serious teacher recruitment and retention problems are addressed

Caroline Doherty, Head of External Relations at The Key, said: “We welcome this plea as a powerful statement of support for the sector and a much needed call for a review of teachers’ pay. While we’re sceptical about how much the government will bend on this issue, given the recency of its last pay announcement, we hope this letter is given the serious consideration it deserves. That the unions have felt forced to directly address the Secretary of State for Education is a clear indication that recent measures have fallen short of expectations.”

Read the full letter Education unions write to Gavin Williamson about teacher pay, career progression and retention 

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