Mirror is reporting that more than a quarter of a million teachers are facing another pay cut this year despite the Prime Minister’s claim that “austerity is over”.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP rejected the recommendation of the independent pay review that all teachers be awarded a rise, despite government pledges to end the public sector pay cap.
Instead, he decided that those on the ‘upper’ pay scale would receive a 2% pay rise and those on the ‘leadership’ scale would receive just 1.5%
Across the country there are over 190,000 teachers on the upper pay range, and nearly 65,000 on the leadership pay range.
This means that more than half (56.7%) of all teachers in the country will face another cut to their pay this year.
Angela Rayner MP, Labour ’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, said: “The Prime Minister told us that austerity was over and promised she would end the pay cuts for public servants, but it is becoming clearer by the day that this doesn’t apply to our schools and teachers.”
Teachers are already over £4,000 a year worse off since 2010, and teacher recruitment targets have been missed for the last six years – with more teachers leaving the profession than joining.
The government has also now admitted that it will not keep its promise to fully fund even the limited pay rise for all schools, leaving some with a shortfall once they have paid staff salaries.
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