Last week (w/c 3rd September 2018), we explained that NAHT had held several meetings over the summer with DfE officials to make clear our members' anger, frustration and disappointment with the pay award.
We also included a link to NAHT's formal response to the consultation on the Secretary of State's pay award announcement.
This week, Paul Whiteman has been at the TUC Congress where NAHT, NEU and NASUWT came together on a joint emergency motion on pay.
Congress overwhelmingly passed the motion censuring the government for its rejection of the independent advice of the School Teachers' Review Body, denying the recommended increase to the majority of teachers and school leaders.
Congress condemned the government for ignoring concerns about teacher supply, and for failing to fund the increase in full, threatening further cuts to our children's education.
Speaking in support of the motion, NAHT's immediate past president, Anne Lyons, said that failure to: observe the review body recommendations, treat all staff equitably and provide funds to pay the full award demonstrated that the government doesn't really value the teaching profession.
She continued, 'As a head teacher when I say that it is important to me to see that teachers receive the pay award they deserve, I hope that carries weight. But by standing here, speaking in the same debate as colleagues from the NEU and the NASUWT, my actions demonstrate that school leaders and all within schools stand together. We will not be divided in the face of intolerable treatment.'
At the time of writing, government has not published its response to the consultation. NAHT is monitoring developments closely and will issue advice to members when the government responds.
We will continue to press government for a fair settlement that protects salaries against current inflation and includes a restorative element to reverse the real terms cuts endured since 2010.
First published 14 September 2018