Independent school staff report increased workload and low pay, says survey

The National Education Union’s annual independent sector pay and conditions survey reveals that pay austerity for private school staff continues unabated, despite increased pay awards in the state sector. Education Executive reports.

This September, just three per cent of independent sector teachers said that they had received a cost-of-living increase that matched, or bettered, the 2.75% increase recommended by the School Teachers’ Review Body for teachers in state schools. Just 18% of support staff had an increase which matched or bettered the lower increase for support staff in state schools (two per cent).

Worse still, 28% of independent sector teachers and 23% of support staff reported that they received no cost-of-living increase whatsoever.

Commenting on the survey results, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Most independent school employers are failing to keep pace with pay awards in the state sector. To add insult to injury, other elements of remuneration in the independent sector are being undermined in other ways. Support staff have witnessed a growing move to term-time only contracts, and many teachers are facing a massive hit to their pensions as their employers try to leave the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

“Independent schools are people businesses. Employers would be well advised to put their staff first.”

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