The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has confirmed it will seek views from its membership on the outcome of yesterday’s pension talks but warned it could take a lot to persuade school leaders to swallow it.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, described the talks as having taken place in a difficult atmosphere, with shifting goal posts.
He said: “The NAHT and its fellow teaching unions have been talking with the government since the November strike to reach a fair deal for both teachers and the public. After yesterday’s marathon session, we feel we are now in a position to submit the headlines of a possible agreement to members.
“However, no deal has been signed. The NAHT is a democratic organisation, and any agreement will be signed only after consultations with our National Executive and our members.
“We are in a better place than we were before the November 30, with a better accrual rate, provisions for early retirement and extended protection. But there are significant areas to discuss in the New Year, including the contribution rates.
“Is this a good deal for teachers? No; the government has treated the profession badly and will pay the price in years to come in terms of recruitment, morale and ultimately, through the quality of education our future pupils can expect. However, it is now for the profession to decide its priorities and at least school leaders will consider the needs of all parties, not just their own, in coming to their conclusions.”
Page Published: 20/12/2011