NEU campaign aims

  • Protect educators against the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.
  • Fully funded increases to teacher pay of at least 9% in 2022 then at least 8% in 2023, to protect living standards against rising inflation and start to recover the real terms pay losses since 2010.
  • Fully funded pay increases for all educators to protect living standards and recover the real terms pay losses since 2010.
  • Pay progression for all eligible staff and removal of PRP . 
  • All education employers to implement fair national pay scales, fair pay levels and automatic pay progression.
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Comment on the passing of Motion 10 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

NEU and joint union evidence to the STRB

The joint union statement to the STRB from NEU, ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT and Voice, accompanied by a joint press release from the unions, sets out the united view of teachers and school leaders on the urgent need to reverse the pay cuts.

The NEU evidence sets out details on the need to reject austerity policies, protect teachers against the cost-of-living crisis and recover the real terms pay losses since 2010.  We also set out the NEU case for a fair national pay structure, the removal of PRP and urgent action to reduce workload. The NEU evidence included and was supported by the findings of the latest NEU Pay and Progression Survey and independent research undertaken for the NEU.

The NEU supplementary evidence to the STRB sets out our rejection of the Government's proposals for more real terms cuts to teacher pay.

What you can do now:

  1. Tell the School Teachers Review body why you need a pay rise here.
  2. Download NEU England model letter or Wales model letter, for you and other NEU members to sign and send to your governors, asking them to back our campaign for fully funded pay rises this year and next.

Teachers have lost 17% of their pay since 2010

Educators have been undervalued over the past 11 years. On average, teachers have lost 17 per cent of their pay since 2010.

How is teachers' pay decided?

Since 1991, teachers' pay has been set by a panel of experts appointed by the Government – the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB).

Learn more about your pay

Find out how much you have lost

See how your pay has been hit by real terms cuts against inflation and also how much you are paid on an hourly basis. Our calculator is based on schoolteacher pay rates for England and the pay increase implemented in Wales 2021-2022. 

How to win on pay in your workplace

  1. Organise a meeting of members to discuss our pay campaign.

  2. Raise our pay campaign aims with your headteacher.

  3. Discuss your headteacher’s response with members and decide your next steps.

  4. Send this model letter to governors asking them to write to your local MP.

  5. See how others have successfully campaigned.

  6. If you need support, contact your branch secretary.

Do you have story about winning at your workplace? Let us know by emailing

Advice and guidance

The NEU has produced a range of information and advice on teacher pay issues. The NEU pay campaign and associated information will help you to secure pay progression and win a supportive school pay policy.

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    Pay advice

    Advice on pay scales, pay progression and how to secure fair pay in your workplace.

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    Support staff pay and conditions

    Pay and conditions agreement for support staff - most LA schools use the local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

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    Sixth form colleges

    Specific advice for members about pay and conditions in sixth form colleges (the Red Book) and information about our campaigns in the sector.

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    Further Education pay

    Details of the joint trade unions pay claim and pay scales for members working in the further education sector.

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    Pay implementation

    The NEU is campaigning for a national pay increase and to ensure employers are using the national pay scales.

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    Pay progression

    The NEU is campaigning for pay progression for all eligible members.

Want more help or advice on how to win on pay at your workplace?

Your first point of contact for advice and support from the union should be your National Education Union workplace representative.

If you don't know who that is, contact your branch or district. You can get contact details by telling us which local authority you work in:

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