Commenting on a report by the TUC into the real pay losses faced by public sector workers, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“Teachers’ pay is not keeping pace with other graduate professions, and this was recognised by the independent pay review body in their last report.
“The government must recognise that, unless they end the policy of real terms pay cuts, we will struggle to attract the best and brightest. High standards require great teachers. This is an investment in our future, not a short term budget cost, which is why the government’s plans to make schools find £3bn of savings by 2020 are so short-sighted.
“Unsustainable pay cuts are damaging the teaching profession and will negatively impact on the quality of education in this country if not resolved.”
James Bowen, director of NAHT Edge, said: “Teaching is a very important and highly demanding job, and must be recognised with competitive pay compared to other graduate professions.
“Teachers don’t do the job to ‘get rich’, but they deserve to be paid fairly for the vital role they play in the country’s future. If we allow pay to continue to fall in real terms and when compared to other graduate careers, we are storing up long-term problems that could damage the quality of education in England.”