Today (Mon 22 July), the government has published the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) recommendations due to be implemented in the autumn.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, which represents leaders in the majority of schools in England, said: “We have consistently called for a fully funded 5% increase for all teachers and leaders. This announcement of 2.75% falls some way short of that, which is disappointing.
“Pay for school staff has to be competitive in the context of the wider labour market in England, and currently it is not. School staff have seen pay fall by 10.4 per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2016.
“NAHT welcomes the government’s new recruitment and retention strategy, but this pay award is a missed opportunity to begin to solve the staffing crisis in schools and colleges.
“Any additional money, however small, is of course welcome, especially as there is plenty of evidence now that some staff are struggling to make ends meet financially. However, this announcement also needs to be understood within the context of the desperate state of school finances.
“The government is only funding 0.75% of the award, deeming the remaining 2% ‘affordable’. Unfortunately, leaders will have to cut elsewhere in their budgets in order to find the money needed to fund even this moderate rise. There’s nothing generous about this announcement, despite what the government says.”
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