Why no pay news is bad news

Teachers have been warning of the mistrust that has been created by the government’s deafening silence on teacher pay. Tes reports

That ill feeling has now been compounded by the fact that the profession has had to break for summer still in the dark about whether it would finally receive a real-terms pay rise. So it is unlikely to dissipate quickly even if the government does now belatedly come up with goods.

The toll on school leaders and their staff has been inevitable. It has meant “massive worry”, sleepless nights, the delay of conversations vital to the financial future of schools and the “ridiculous” prospect of cramming teacher appraisals into the first weeks of September.

Here, heads and teachers outline the damage already done by this year’s pay delay: 

The head of Southend High School for Boys, in Southend, Essex has spent the last few weeks of term trying to work out what to put down in his budget and for the forecast return for his school for the following two years.  

The irony is that his team and the school governors will be submitting that forecast to the Education and Skills Funding Agency, an arm of the Department for Education. Yet it is the DfE that has delayed crucial information about what the teacher pay rise will be from September, and who will pay for it.

He has “gambled” that the pay increase will be 2 per cent, and budgeted accordingly. But, after years of declining per-pupil funding, this, together with other financial pressures, means that his school has been forced to warn the ESFA that the school is going to plunge into deficit for the first time

“It’s become a silly game in which a failure by the DfE to announce is causing school leaders and financial staff to have to generate documents that are – fictitious would be a strong word, but certainly speculative,” he says.

Read more heads and teachers views and problems encountered with the delayed  pay deal Why no pay news is bad news

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