The DfE has today responded to the consultation on the Secretary of State’s announcement on school pay. Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“Teachers and school leaders have a legitimate expectation to receive the full uplift. We urge governing boards to ensure that the pay uplift is applied to all staff at all pay points.
“But we remain deeply disappointed that the government has chosen to ignore the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body. Schools across England and Wales are facing severe financial pressures and difficulty in recruiting and retaining teachers and leaders. While this year’s pay award is an improvement on pay awards in recent years, teachers on the upper and leadership pay ranges are still only in line to receive 2% and 1.5% respectively, which, as the rate of inflation is 2.5%, still represents a pay cut. This follows many years of pay freezes and pay caps, and will further demoralise our most experienced teachers and leaders, thereby further damaging retention.
“Only new money from the Treasury will solve the school funding and recruitment crisis."
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