Commenting on the Government’s proposals on teacher pay, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:   

"The increases to starting pay that are proposed in the Government's evidence to the STRB must be accompanied by equivalent increases in pay for all teachers and school leaders.  

"Imposing lower increases for more experienced teachers and headteachers is deeply unfair, will damage morale and will actually increase the retention problems already facing the profession.   

"With inflation climbing ever higher, the Government's proposals would not only be divisive but would result in yet another significant real-terms pay cut for most teachers.  

"Instead of continuing to cut teacher pay, the Government should be taking urgent action to restore the pay cuts imposed since 2010 so that we can recruit, retain and value the teachers we need. 

"We will call on the STRB to recommend that all teachers and school leaders get the same rises proposed for beginner teachers and that the Government should fully fund them."