The union has written to Gillian Keegan urging her to urgently publish her remit to the teacher pay review body (STRB) and for this to include the critical issue of restoring pay lost in real terms since 2010.
Pay implementation at your school
In July, NEU members voted overwhelmingly to accept the offer.
NEU members’ strike action forced the Government to improve its 2023-24 pay offer to teachers by 3 per cent, to 6.5 per cent, and commit an extra £900 million to properly fund the teacher pay offer and protect support staff jobs.
Over the coming year, the NEU will continue to campaign for a properly funded correction in teacher pay to reverse the real-terms cuts imposed since 2010 and for further improvements in education funding to restore the percentage of GDP devoted to education to at least the 5 per cent OECD average.
Our priority this term, is to ensure that the national pay award is implemented in full at every school, so that every teacher receives their cost-of-living rise and all eligible teachers receive pay progression.
Act now to win on pay in your workplace
We urge all reps to organise a meeting of members using our presentation slides to discuss securing the implementation of the national pay awards won through our strike action. Use this opportunity to discuss any other pay issues at your school including pay progression, pay portability and payment for additional responsibilities.
- Collectively identify pay issues and utilise our model letter. Let your branch know what the issues are at your school using NEU Activate.
- Raise issues with your head/chair or governors as appropriate.
- Bring members back together to discuss your head’s response. Update NEU Activate with any outstanding issues (we will send you regular emails and texts with a link to your Activate action).
- Collectively decide your next steps together e.g. send a letter to your governors or ask your branch for support or for a ballot.
- If you need any further support, contact your branch secretary.
Right now, let’s focus on making sure your hard-won pay rise is fully implemented and properly funded by every school.