Despite the serious and deepening teacher recruitment and retention problems, acknowledged by the STRB, the Government proposes an increase of only 2.75% in teacher pay in England from September. Nothing in recent Spending Review announcements changes this. The increase is below the current rate of RPI inflation and below the rate of pay increases in the wider economy. The Government has not even provided the funding needed for this inadequate increase.
ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice, representing the majority of teachers in England, have called on Gavin Williamson, the new 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. Such urgent action is needed to reward teachers for the vital job they do and to ensure that the serious teacher recruitment and retention problems are addressed.