Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the NEU has commented on the DfE’s submission to the School Teachers’ Review Body which suggests a 2% pay increase for teachers.

“A 2% increase would be derisory. It would be yet another real-terms pay cut and would further fuel the teacher supply crisis. The National Education Union’s survey of almost 34,000 teachers shows that 70% are already considering leaving the profession due to poor levels of pay.

“This disgraceful move by the Education Secretary puts him at even greater odds with the profession he should be defending. The School Teachers’ Review Body should ignore him. The NEU is calling, alongside the NAHT, ASCL and Voice, for a 5% increase for all teachers as a starting point towards fair pay. Damian Hinds would be foolish to ignore the facts about teacher supply and should support that proposal.”