Teachers’ pay: 1% cap unsustainable

3 Jul

By Deborah Simpson, Director of Legal and Member Services

From Your Voice, April/May 2017

In February, Voice presented oral evidence* to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), which is preparing pay recommendations for 2017/2018.

The STRB’s most recent report made the case that a pay uplift ‘significantly higher than one per cent will be needed in the course of this parliament to ensure the teacher pay framework remains competitive’. Voice underlined this against the backdrop of the recruitment and retention crisis.

However, the STRB is again working to a Secretary of State’s remit calling for pay to be capped at one per cent and saying ‘there should not be an expectation that all teachers will get a one per cent rise, but instead schools will be able to choose which staff get rises’.

This adds insult to injury and will do nothing to recruit or retain teachers. When graduates can increasingly find more financially rewarding career opportunities in other professions, the Government needs to heed the STRB’s advice.

Update: June 2017

General Secretary Deborah Lawson:

*”In evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), Voice again made strong representation on the impact of performance-related pay, lack of a national pay scale and the inability of schools to make pay awards because of dire financial circumstances. When giving evidence to the STRB, I suggested that reprofiling the education funding pot could produce better funding for schools. Funding currently earmarked for the development of grammar schools or ineffective recruitment campaigns would be more effective if paid to teachers and used to address the real cost pressures facing schools. “

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5 Responses to “Teachers’ pay: 1% cap unsustainable”

  1. Richard Fraser 03. Jul, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Calls to end public sector pay cap (BBC):

  2. Richard Fraser 11. Jul, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    STRB’s recommendations and Government’s response hugely disappointing

  3. Richard Fraser 11. Jul, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    Schools Week:

    ‘Five graphs that reveal why the 1% pay cap puts the education system at “substantial risk”’

  4. Richard Fraser 14. Jul, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    General Secretary’s letter on teachers’ pay and funding in TES:

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