Robert Poole, NEU Secondary rep, Greater Manchester, talks about how he became an NEU Rep, and achieved a successful pay campaign at his workplace.
NEU campaign aims
- End the pay freeze imposed on teachers in England in 2021.
- Increase teacher pay, by at least 8% in 2022 then by at least 8% in 2023, to restore the pay losses since 2010.
- Increase pay for all educators to restore the pay losses since 2010.
- Pay progression for all eligible staff and removal of PRP .
- All education employers to implement national pay scales, fair pay levels and automatic pay progression.
What you can do right now
Teacher members in Wales, teacher and lecturer members in sixth form colleges and FE colleges, and non-teacher members can find pay information further down this page
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).
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
Organise a meeting of members to discuss our pay campaign.
Raise our pay campaign aims with your headteacher.
Discuss your headteacher’s response with members and decide your next steps.
If you need support, contact your branch secretary.
Do you have story about winning at your workplace? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Coventry rep Jodie Mallier describes her successful pay campaign.
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.
Advice on pay scales, pay progression and how to secure fair pay in your workplace.
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.
Specific advice for members about pay and conditions in sixth form colleges (the Red Book) and information about our campaigns in the sector.
Details of the joint trade unions pay claim and pay scales for members working in the further education sector.
The NEU is campaigning for a national pay increase and to ensure employers are using the national pay scales.
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: