Unions’ ‘desperate’ call for more teacher pay

The NEU, NAHT, ASCL and Voice say the pay rise must be “applied to all pay scales and allowances, and fully funded by the government”, as a way of addressing the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. Tes reports.

A letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), highlights both the fragmentation of the national pay structure and the imposition of performance-related pay for teachers as factors contributing to teacher pay problems, and calls for the restoration of national pay scales, including pay portability and “a robust appraisal system that is not linked to pay”.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the pay awards needed to be backed up with the funding for schools to implement it.

He said: “We are calling on the independent pay review body to recommend the level of pay award that is so desperately needed to recognise the commitment of our teachers and improve recruitment and retention.

“We will be looking for whoever wins the general election to make a clear and early statement that they recognise the urgency of this situation and that they will put their money where their mouth is.”

Read what the unions are recommending in the full article Unions’ ‘desperate’ call for more teacher pay 

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