Commenting on the teacher pay award for Wales announced this morning by Welsh Government, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“The Welsh Government’s proposals to increase the starting salary by 8.48% is welcome for those starting out in teaching and should make the profession more attractive to graduates. Bringing an end to performance-related pay progression and re-introducing progression based on experience, together with the re-introduction of national pay scales will be greatly welcomed by the profession. These are some of the things submitted in our evidence to the IWPRB as part of our proposals on teachers’ pay back in April. Valuing classroom teaching is important and will be vital as education professionals in Wales prepare for the introduction of the new Curriculum in 2022.

“But the prospect of salaries tapering off as they progress through the profession means that progress made in recruiting teachers might not be sustained in retaining them. More experienced teachers and leaders must see their immense hard work and efforts rewarded fairly, and this pay award does not do that.

"It is already the case that many teachers leave teaching within 2 years. This is an unnecessary waste which impacts most directly on disadvantaged children who most need teachers. We will not begin to close the attainment gap until we keep teachers in the profession. So, rewarding people as they gain experience is key.

“We look forward to looking at the report in greater detail and responding to the consultation. In our evidence to the IWPRB, NEU Cymru asked for a 7% pay award for all teachers, and sadly this does not fully do that. We will continue to argue for this."

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