The BBC is reporting that Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has announced that control over teachers’ pay and conditions will be devolved.
He said it “makes sense” for pay to be handled by AMs and Welsh ministers as education is already devolved. The Welsh Government described the move – part of planned changes to the Wales Bill which sets out the next steps for Welsh devolution – as “encouraging”.
But two major teaching unions say they are opposed to the idea, fearing lower pay than in England.
The move is one of several improvements demanded by First Minister Carwyn Jones for the bill, which the Welsh Government says it is not yet ready to support.
The announcement was made as the much-criticised bill, which makes significant changes to the way power is shared between Wales and Westminster, returned to the House of Lords for debate on Monday.
“Education is a devolved matter, and it makes sense for the assembly and Welsh ministers to decide the pay and conditions of teachers’ in Wales,” Mr Cairns said.
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