Unions call for 5% pay rise for teachers

Organisations representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders in England have urged the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to recommend a significant pay increase for all teachers and school leaders.
They have called for the STRB to recommend an immediate pay increase of 5% which should be funded in full by the government.
NEU joint general secretary Mary Bousted said: “The evidence shows that the STRB must recommend and the Government must fully fund an immediate 5% pay increase for teachers. Even this will not replace the pay losses teachers have faced, or close the gap with other professions, but alongside tackling workload, it would be a part of solving the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.”
NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman said: “Teaching is a demanding and important profession and teachers’ pay and conditions should reflect this. At the moment, they don’t. The teacher supply pipeline is leaking at both ends, with too few new applicants and too many experienced professionals leaving prematurely. A pay rise for school staff is long overdue.”
ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton said: “We already have a full-blown teacher recruitment and retention crisis, and with pupil numbers projected to rise by 368,000 over the next six years, the crisis will deepen unless we are able to attract and retain more teachers. Teachers’ pay must be improved and it is imperative that this cost is funded in full by the Government rather than it landing on school budgets which are under unsustainable pressure.”

Voice general secretary Deborah Lawson said: “There is a widening gap between teachers’ pay and pay in other graduate professions, and this must be addressed in order to attract more graduates into the teaching profession and to retain them.

“To address this recruitment and retention crisis in our schools, we urge the STRB to recommend the pay increase proposed by the unions and the government to fully fund it.”

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