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The NASUWT, along with other organisations representing virtually all teachers and school leaders in England, including ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice Community, have submitted a joint statement to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the body which makes recommendations on teachers' pay to the Government.

The statement calls for the STRB and the Government to listen to the united voice of the teaching profession and to make the changes necessary to recruit, retain and properly value teachers and school leaders.

Teachers and school leaders have suffered from a succession of pay cuts against inflation since 2010, negatively impacting the ability of the profession to compete against other graduate professions and increasing recruitment and retention problems. The impact of the 2021 pay freeze continues to be felt, as each month teacher and school leader pay is frozen while inflation climbs higher. Huge rises in energy costs and the National Insurance increase planned by the Government will add to the already devastating impact of the attacks on teacher and school leader pay levels since 2010.

Education unions are calling on the Government to avoid further pay cuts and urgently repair the damage that has already been done.

Increases to starting pay must be accompanied by equivalent increases for all teachers and school leaders.  The increases must be enough to start to restore the pay losses against inflation since 2010. 

The joint union statement to the STRB further calls for a fair national pay structure and the removal of performance-related pay (PRP), for an end to differential pay increases, and for urgent action to cut teacher and school leader workload. 

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“There is clear and unshakeable evidence of the enormous damage that has been inflicted on the morale of teachers after more than a decade of real terms cuts to teachers’ pay. The Government must now deliver a programme of pay restoration which recognises and values the work of teachers and headteachers, and teachers expect the STRB to deliver recommendations that will help to restore teaching as an attractive and competitive career.” 

Joint Union Statement to the STRB - March 2022

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