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Commenting on the on the Scottish Government’s Budget, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The Finance Secretary stated in her Budget announcement that the Scottish Government is planning record investment in teacher recruitment.

“While the ambition to recruit 3,500 extra teachers is laudable, the Budget was disappointingly short of any immediate measures to tackle the ongoing real-terms cuts to teachers’ pay.

“Without real investment in teachers’ pay, the plans to increase the teaching workforce are unlikely to succeed and will go into reverse as more teachers opt to leave the profession, demoralised at the failure to value their work and address the debilitating workload pressures they face.”

Mike Corbett, NASUWT Scotland National Official, said:

“While the Finance Secretary was setting out next year’s plans for public sector pay, teachers are still waiting for a pay award for this year.

“The proposals on pay not only fail to address the current situation for teachers, but would represent a continuation of the real-terms cuts to teachers’ salaries into 2022/23.

“The NASUWT will be continuing to take all available steps to challenge the erosion of teachers’ pay and to fight for pay awards for teachers which will support the provision of high-quality education for children and young people and which fairly reflect the skill, hard work and commitment of our teachers.”

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