Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"Inflation figures continue to rise. There is a cost of living crisis and education staff are not immune from this. The real-terms pay losses since 2010 have been keenly felt by teachers, and the need for a substantial pay rise is abundantly obvious.

“Coupled with stubbornly high workloads and the pressures of educating in the pandemic and helping pupils recover from that, there is a severe and longstanding recruitment and retention crisis in our schools that government has failed to turn around. None of this serves the needs of young people well and NEU has made this clear in its evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body.

"Pupils and their parents need government to better value education and better value educators. NEU will continue to support its members in their campaign for improved pay and a reduction in unnecessary workload. Government must both fully fund pay awards and urgently take responsibility for substantial reduction in workloads - only then can all children receive the education they need and deserve."


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