Need to know: The teacher pay delay

The summer holidays are upon us and still teachers have no knowledge of their latest pay deal – due to be paid from September. Here’s what you need to know from Tes

What will I get paid next term?

We don’t know and nor, it seems, does anyone else. Education secretary Damian Hinds has had the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) recommendations’ on teachers’ pay since the beginning of May, but there still hasn’t been an announcement on how much teachers will receive as a cost-of-living rise and who will foot the bill – schools or central government.

What are teachers hoping for?

Five teaching unions  – the NEU, the NAHT, the Association of School and College Leaders, UCAC and Voice –  jointly submitted a claim for a fully-funded “restorative pay rise” of 5 per cent  for “all teachers and school leaders” in England and Wales to provide both a cost-of-living increase and a first step towards restoring “the real value of teaching salaries to 2010 levels”.

What’s the hold up?

We don’t know for sure. But the longer the wait goes on, the more people suspect that the problem is down to a fight for funding between the DfE and a “tight-fisted” Treasury. Whitehall’s focus on Brexit is also believed to be playing a part.

Isn’t Parliament also about to break up for its holidays?

Yes, the House of Commons rises on Tuesday and MPs won’t return until 4 September. Unions fear that means that unless the pay deal is announced today or tomorrow, it will have to wait until the autumn term. But the DfE will not confirm whether the pay announcement must be made in Parliament.

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