As the remit is now out for the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to look at pay awards for 2018, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT commented:
“The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is once again being impossibly constrained. It is straight-jacketed by an overall one per cent budget, and although this is not a cap as such, the budget effectively creates a cap. It does not reflect the needs of schools to offer fair pay to their employees.
“The remit for the STRB is a missed opportunity for the government to tackle the recruitment crisis by improving pay for those working in schools. Ministers are always ready to show gratitude to public sector workers, but less ready to pay them fairly.
“The National Audit Office has identified that teachers’ pay has fallen behind relative to other graduate professions, seriously harming chances of hiring and retaining good staff. TUC data shows that a teacher’s salary of £32,831 today would be worth £3,064 less in real terms by 2020. There’s nothing fair about that. Teachers recognise this - almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession.
“It is clear that a new approach to pay is needed. Crucially, all pay rises must be fully funded into school budgets otherwise they will be meaningless in practice."
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