Teachers’ pay being cut due to lack of annual pay rises and PRP

Education Executive reports that teachers’ pay continues to be cut because schools are increasingly failing to give them cost of living increases as well as denying them pay progression, the National Education Union’s annual national pay survey shows. 

The survey of over 12,000 teachers shows that one in five (21%) teachers have not received a pay rise from September this year, and a further 30% were still waiting to hear whether they would get an annual pay rise for this year.

In addition, five years after the government introduced performance related pay (PRP) for all teachers, 14% of teachers eligible for pay progression on their pay scale were denied it. A further 25% still have no idea whether they will receive any pay progression this year.

Over 90% of those denied progression were not told during the year that they were not meeting the standards needed to progress, despite government guidance that this should happen. Although the vast majority (88%) thought the decision to deny them progression was unfair, only one in five (22%) are appealing the decision, with many saying that they have already been told not to bother appealing.

The survey also asked teachers whether they think they are paid a fair salary for their job compared to other workers. Nearly 80% said that they think they are paid less than they are worth, with 29% of them thinking they are paid significantly less than they are worth.

A secondary teacher from the North East said: “My husband and I, teachers with three school aged children, are really struggling to cover our living costs and are considering selling our property and moving into cheaper accommodation because our salaries have not stayed in line with inflation”.

A primary teacher in Kent said: “The cost of living has increased, but my pay has not so my standard of living is deteriorating significantly to the point where I am now in receipt of universal credit to cover the bills”.

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  1. karl mckenzie

    The leaders of schools are placed in a juxtaposition. They need to balance the books and control expenditure which include salaries. When teachers are rated as excellent a pay increase could follow but your judge/ management has a conflict of interest, balancing income and expenditure or being honest with their judgement. One teacher said to me recently that she only got a 1 when Ofsted arrived at her school sometime ago but for years she continued to receive 3 or 4’s from her school leaders. I do not believe the school management were persistently incompetent. I think if a school is rated as outstanding (many Academies) and a significant numbers of their teachers are not rated with a 1 by the school leaders then that school needs to be revisitied by Ofsted and graded in line with management judgement then we will be sure of school leaders opinions.

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