The NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Voice have sent a joint response to the Secretary of State’s consultation on the STRB report on teacher pay in England.  The joint union response calls on the Secretary of State to set aside his predecessor’s recommended 2.75% pay increase for teachers from September in favour of a fully-funded 5% increase.  Such an increase should be the start of a programme to urgently restore the value of teacher pay following the real-terms cuts against inflation since 2010. 

Joint Union Response to the STRB

Joint union response to the Secretary of State’s consultation on the School Teachers’ Reviewing Body (STRB) report on teacher pay in England.

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On 20 January, the NEU evidence to the STRB set out the case for an increase of 7% for all teachers in England.  In November, the NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Voice sent a joint response to the Secretary of State’s letter to the STRB asking for recommendations on teachers’ pay and conditions for 2020. 

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 the Government to take the urgent action needed to restore the value of teacher pay.  The Government must fully fund the improvements in pay needed to reward teachers for the vital job they do and to tackle the serious teacher recruitment and retention problems.