Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:

“Teachers and other educators have suffered huge real-terms pay cuts since 2010, including a pay freeze in 2021 when they were at the forefront of the country’s pandemic response. Teachers had already lost around a fifth of the value of their pay due to government pay cuts between 2010 and 2021. Instead of repairing the damage caused by the pay cuts since 2010 and protecting teachers against the cost-of-living crisis, the government plans to impose yet more pay cuts. 

“Most teachers in England will get a pay increase of just 3% in 2022 and 2% in 2023 according to the government’s plans as set out in its evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body.  With RPI inflation already over 8% and predicted to climb even higher, this means another big real-terms cut to teacher pay in 2022 and the prospect of further real-terms pay cuts in 2023.  As well as falling further behind inflation, teacher pay is also likely to continue to decline in value against other graduate professions. In addition, performance-related pay (PRP) has been used to unfairly block pay progression and many teachers are pressurised to take on additional responsibilities without appropriate payment. All of this has happened under an STRB system that has failed to protect teachers against the impact of the Government’s unfair, unevidenced and dogma-driven approach.    

“The temporary easing of some teacher supply indicators due to the pandemic did not address the serious and deep-rooted recruitment and retention problems. Recruitment targets are already being missed again. These problems will get even worse if the Government goes ahead with its plan to cut the value of teacher pay yet again.

“The dismantling of the national pay structure and imposition of performance related pay have reduced transparency in pay arrangements, added to pay inequalities and resulted in unfair blocks to pay progression. The government can afford to value teachers and other educators properly.”


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