For September 2019 , we want a fully funded pay increase of 5 per cent for all teachers and school leaders. 

While a 2.75% pay rise for teachers is inadequate after their 12% drop in real terms pay since 2010, the Government must announce that they will fully fund the pay rise, if they are at all concerned about teacher recruitment and retention or the pressures on school budgets. If the pay rise isn’t funded in full this will mean more cuts to our children’s education. 

Next term, we will be supporting members to ensure that you and your colleagues do actually receive this increase and any pay progression to which you are entitled. 

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Since 2010, classroom teacher salaries have fallen by 12% in real terms. A third of qualified teachers quit within the first five years. Hear what NEU members have to say about pay.

 STRB 2019 submission

Our STRB submission 2019 and and supplementary submission set out our views on the teacher pay issues raised by the Secretary of State’s remit letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) of 21 November 2018.

See the joint union statement and supplementary evidence  to the STRB, which further underlines the consensus on the need for effective action on pay, fully funded by the Government, to tackle the wide and deep teacher supply problems.

The NEU pay survey of 2018 demonstrates once more that recent changes to the school teachers’ pay system mean that teachers cannot now rely on an annual cost-of-living pay increase, even where funding is provided by Government for the purpose, and that pay progression remains at best uncertain, with certain groups being particularly likely to face unfair treatment and even unlawful discrimination.

We need to keep the pressure on ahead of this spring's comprehensive spending review, when government will set out its funding plans for education for the next three years. 

Latest pay news

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    Teacher Pay

    Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union has commented on a story in The Times today, predicting that a 2.75% pay increase for teachers will be announced next Monday.

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    Joint union response on teachers’ pay

    ASCL, NAHT and NEU responded to the announcement of a 3.5% pay increase for classroom teachers on the main pay range and the Department for Education’s commitment to funding part of this pay award.

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    Fair pay for teachers

    NEU members have voted to reject the Government’s policy on teachers’ pay, including its unprecedented decision to reject the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on the 2018 pay increase

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    Education unions call for an immediate 5% pay rise for teachers

    Education unions - the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the National Education Union (NEU), UCAC, and Voice – are calling for an immediate, fully funded, 5% pay rise for all teachers.