Commenting on Teachers' Pay in Context, an analysis published today by the Education Policy Institute, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:    

"There is every argument for a better deal for teachers than the one currently on offer. England's parlous position in the OECD table for pay growth in the 2010s, as demonstrated in this EPI analysis, shows how badly the situation has stagnated.   

"Recruitment and retention problems are widespread and deep-rooted. Pay cuts in real terms have affected all teachers.  We urgently need to improve the position of teaching in the graduate labour market. That means clear and unambiguous action from the Government to show that all teachers are valued, with the fully-funded and undifferentiated inflation-plus pay increase for which the NEU is campaigning.   

"An inflation-plus pay rise for all teachers is essential, especially now we are in a cost-of-living crisis with RPI inflation standing at 11.7%. But no pay deal is worth its salt without a matching commitment from the Treasury for it to be fully funded. School budgets are already stretched. We remain ready to meet with Government to discuss a way forward that recognises the true value of teachers."