The BBC is reporting that schools in England and Wales are to be given the power to hand top performing teachers a pay rise of up to 2%…
The move will be announced on Thursday as part of a pay settlement for nearly a million public sector workers.
The overall settlement will stay within a 1% pay limit agreed by ministers in 2012 but schools will get discretion to award the most deserving teachers more.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said this flexibility was possible because of the “strong economy”.
Amid suggestions of a rift in the coalition over the issue, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the settlement was affordable and the government should be “as generous as it can be”, where possible, to public sector workers…
This follows a recommendation from the School Teachers Review Body that the maximum award in the main pay range for teachers, currently £32,187 in England and Wales bar London, should be allowed to rise by 2% next year.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said it had always been the government’s policy to recognise the contribution of the best-performing teachers…
The NASUWT union said teachers had suffered a real terms pay cut of thousands of pounds since 2010.
“There is a teacher recruitment and retention crisis caused by the coalition’s relentless attacks on teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions of service,” said its general secretary Chris Keates.
“What makes the situation even worse is that even when the Review Body recommends a percentage award, schools are not obliged to pay it…”
So how does this work in practice? Do schools have to keep the overall wages rise to 1%, using PRP, or are they free to award as many 2% rises (or, conversely, as many 0% rises) as they want, depending on their available budgets?
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