NAHT originally submitted evidence to the STRB on 12 December on what changes should be made to teachers' pay and conditions in England and Wales from September 2017. The STRB then shared the evidence provided by all the teaching unions, the DfE, and a number of others, and invited us to provide further comment on those. In this we saw that other teaching and leadership unions shared a common view on key issues, and agreed to submit a joint statement with ASCL, ATL, NUT, UCAC and Voice. This statement that can be found below makes the strong points on pay that:
- Our schools need a funding increase, and any pay increase must be fully funded by government.
- We are all opposed to the government's wish to extend the one per cent limit on teachers' pay increases, and believe that this will have a negative impact on recruitment and retention on the sector, at a time when teacher supply is already facing a crisis.
- A significant pay increase is needed for teachers at all stages of their careers - whether newly entering the profession or in the early, middle or later years of service, and whether serving as classroom teachers without responsibilities or as middle or senior leaders.
- The concept of the cost of living increase in pay should be maintained and should be wholly distinct from pay progression based on performance, experience or other criteria.
The STRB will now consider all the evidence received and we expect them to report by late April with their recommendations for any changes to teachers' pay and conditions.