Michael Gove approves 1 per cent pay rise for teachers, but staff may not benefit

The TES is reporting that education secretary Michael Gove has approved a 1 per cent pay rise for teachers from this September, although schools will not be obliged to pass the increase on to all staff…

Mr Gove has approved the recommendations made by advisory group the School Teachers’ Review Body to increase salaries at the top and bottom of the main pay scale by 1 per cent.

However, with the introduction of performance-related pay from September, headteachers have the power to decide on pay rises for teachers within the minimum and maximum salaries.

Mr Gove also accepted a recommendation to stop publishing the “reference points” on the teachers’ pay scales from September, which were used to determine pay when rises were automatically linked to length of service.

The 1 per cent pay rise, which is open to a six-week consultation, is in line with other public sector workers. It received a mixed reception from unions.

The NUT is expected to use the consultation period to press the government into making the 1 per cent increase obligatory for all teachers…

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: “This 1 per cent pay increase in teachers’ pay scales is totally inadequate. Over the lifetime of this coalition government, the real value of teachers’ take-home pay will have fallen by around 15 per cent…

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said the 1 per cent rise amounted to “common sense”, but pointed out teachers’ pay was still continuing to fall in real terms…

She said: “We expect all schools to give all their teaching staff a 1 per cent pay rise at minimum from September as the report recommends. There are no excuses to fail to do so…”

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It will be interesting to see how this one percent rise in the upper and lower ends of the pay scale translates into pay awards once PRP is properly up and running? What do you expect to happen? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove With school budgets being squeezed, could be a case of giving 1% with one hand and recouping it with lack of pay progression

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Nice to see that a union leader is happy with 1% for her members. I do feel valued as she picks up approx £140k pa

  3. inwte

    SchoolsImprove 1% with an interest rate rise looming and rising inflation equates to sweet FA for some really

  4. DawnParry

    SchoolsImprove 1 per cent pay increase in teachers pay is inadequate. In coalition lifetime real value of teachers pay fallen by 15% approx

  5. edujdw

    SchoolsImprove luckily schools can ignore this and give a larger increase, now Gove has given schools pay freedom. Will it happen? Doubt it

  6. garrodt

    SchoolsImprove NUTonline NASUWT NHAparty Director_UKJCP MPs to get huge salary rise,1% for underpaid,overworked, stressed Professionals

  7. lubilu7

    SchoolsImprove An attempt to weaken collective bargaining power, forcing a wedge between teachers who get the pay rise and those who don’t

  8. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove The STPCD increase is a cost of living rise. Should apply to all teaching salaries, if they rise incrementally or not.

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