Commenting on the announcement today by the Minister for Education of a 5% rise in starting salaries for newly qualified teachers in Wales, Rob Williams, director of NAHT Cymru, said:
“We welcome the announcement of a 5% increase to NQT pay in Wales, as we need to ensure we can attract the brightest and best into teaching. However, retention of teachers and leaders is an equally difficult challenge and applying only a 2.75% to the rest of the profession does little to address the years of pay erosion they have suffered. We need to see this detriment addressed as soon as possible.
“The additional funding set aside for the pay award is also welcome, however schools will need confidence that the total amount to be provided is sufficient.
Every school leader will need to be able to see that the total required to pay their school staff the deserved award is provided in the extra funding – current school budgets cannot be expected to pick up this additional investment.
“NAHT Cymru have been clear throughout, all pay awards must be fully funded and not announced without the requisite funding provided to schools.”
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