Hunt: Labour can’t promise teachers a pay rise

The TES is reporting that Tristram Hunt has told teachers that Labour cannot commit to offering them a pay rise if the party forms the next government…

Speaking at the annual conference of the NAHT heads’ union in Liverpool today, Mr Hunt said that, if Labour were elected, he would “make the case” to Treasury colleagues that teachers’ pay should be increased, but acknowledged the tough financial climate meant this might not be possible.

“I will be in there making the case for you,” he said. “I can deliver on workload, I can deliver on terms and conditions. I can’t yet deliver on the kind of pay improvement packages you would quite rightly be advocating.”

Mr Hunt said this was because there were “very strong voices out there in terms of us being able to only promise what we can deliver in terms of the public finances”…

Mr Hunt also outlined Labour’s plans to allow new “parent-led academies” to be set up by parents, charities, community groups and local authorities. He said groups proposing new schools would have to show that they were taking an “innovative” approach, in order for their bids to be approved.

“We would hope to see as part of the application process a commitment to innovation in some form,” he said…


Anyone surprised by the reluctance of Labour to be able to promise a pay rise for teachers? 

And what of the comments on the parent-led academies? Is Labour right to suggest that any new schools will need to show a commitment to innovation? Is that the critical factor here?

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  1. KateMrsnash

    SchoolsImprove not in the least surprised as one of the unspoken elephants in this election room is cuts to ed regardless of who gets in.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It seems that TristramHuntMP can promise little or nothing different than NickyMorgan01. No-one to vote for on education

  3. andylutwyche

    KateMrsnash SchoolsImprove Correct, but in fairness TristramHuntMP does occasionally mention it whilst NickyMorgan01 is in denial

  4. KateMrsnash

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove true – but not like you to be hopeful about Tris – that’s usually what I do!

  5. andylutwyche

    KateMrsnash SchoolsImprove Not hopeful just giving credit where it’s due to “Tris”. Doesn’t make the policy any better…

  6. samflatman

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove TristramHuntMP NickyMorgan01 hence why you will have to look at the local candidates

  7. andylutwyche

    samflatman SchoolsImprove TristramHuntMP NickyMorgan01 Agreed, but with our political system a load of independent MPs have little power

  8. samflatman

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove TristramHuntMP NickyMorgan01. This could be the Parliament of the back bencher!!

  9. ‘Parent led academies’ – why not say parents who think there’s a need for a new school should work with local authorities?  And give back power to LAs to start their own schools without having to tout around for an academy chain or a free school group.  Hunt implies all new schools should be academies – not a good idea.

  10. andylutwyche

    samflatman SchoolsImprove TristramHuntMP NickyMorgan01 I hope so! System needs an enormous shake up

  11. MurchSimon

    g56g TristramHuntMP Murch: That’s a co-incidence, I can’t promise my vote to a party that doesn’t support education!

  12. g56g

    MurchSimon and I will continue to fight from within! Stop losing teacher voters and #standupforeducation TristramHuntMP Be radical!

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