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Commenting on the announcement of the pay award for 2020/21 for teachers in the Isle of Man, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“It is completely unacceptable that the Isle of Man Government is refusing to meet in full the cost of ensuring every teacher receives the pay award they are entitled to.

“It is making a choice to pass the cost of funding 1.1% of this pay award on to schools, rather than doing the right thing and funding the entirety of the salary uplift.

“The Government has substantial financial reserves and NASUWT analysis suggests that the Isle of Man spends much less on education than other comparable countries.

“The NASUWT believes that the Government can afford to fund the pay award in full and that it is completely unacceptable to place schools in the impossible situation of deciding between education provision, jobs and teacher pay when managing their budgets.

“Over the last few months, parents and the public have thanked teachers for the tremendous contribution they have made in supporting children’s learning during the Coronavirus crisis. It is therefore right that the Government should recognise, value and reward the work of all teachers too.

“Ministers may claim that this award represents the biggest increase in teacher pay for 15 years, but this obscures the fact that the cost of living is rising and that the award fails to redress the real-terms pay cuts of a third which Isle of Man teachers have experienced since 2010, as well as the failure to fund the award in full.

“The increases to starting salaries for new teachers will be widely welcomed, but schools also rely on the contributions of experienced teachers who are playing a vital role in ensuring that children are able to recover their education following recent months of disruption.

“The Government’s announcement on teachers’ pay does not provide experienced teachers with the increased rewards they also deserve.”

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