Heads say there is a “strong moral case” for teacher pay rise.

i News reports that headteachers have warned ministers there is a “strong moral argument” for teachers to be given a pay rise.

The Government must also drop its “stubborn political rhetoric” around teachers’ salaries, school leaders have said. .

The National Association of Head Teachers has gone further by saying the Government has a moral duty to offer teachers greater pay.

“There is a moral element to the public sector pay debate,” NAHT General Secretary Paul Whiteman said.

“At one end the government believes that it’s morally right to continue with the cap so that debt is not stored up for future generations. I don’t buy that, it’s just stubborn political rhetoric.

“Our research shows that one in five posts are difficult to recruit to and leaders were unable to recruit at all in an average of 17 per cent of cases,” Mr Whiteman said.

The comments are timed just ahead of the Conservative Party conference, which kicks off in Manchester on Sunday.

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