The BBC is reporting that a union is warning teachers’ morale in Wales has hit “an all time low” due to issues over pay and is calling for the devolving of responsibility to the Welsh government.
UCAC, representing teachers in Wales, has issued a joint statement with five other unions to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), which sets pay.
Elaine Edwards, UCAC’s general secretary, said it was concerned teachers “at all stages of their career” were leaving the profession…
“We believe devolving responsibility to Wales would actually sit better with us having our own vision for education,” she added…
A Welsh government spokesman said: “The devolution of teachers’ pay and conditions could… provide opportunities for Wales to shape the teachers’ pay and conditions system to underpin our aspirations for the education system, raise standards and support and develop the teaching profession.
“We were therefore disappointed to see teachers’ pay and conditions included as a reservation in the Wales Bill.”
The Welsh government was “determined to support teachers throughout their career” as evidenced by policies such as its “new deal”, the spokesman added.
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