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Responding to the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review, Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The short-sighted decision to freeze teachers’ pay is out of step with public opinion and is a slap in the face to the teaching profession, particularly at a time when teachers have been serving on the frontline, risking their own health to maintain education and support for children and young people.

“The Chancellor’s claim that a public sector pay freeze is necessary as private sector wages fell by nearly 1% in the six months to September is no justification for imposing further real-terms cuts to the pay of teachers.

“The Government has tried to trumpet headlines of a 3.1% pay award in 2020 for teachers, but the reality is that two-thirds of teachers were eligible for no more than a 2.75% pay award and many teachers received nothing.

“This is on the back of a decade of real-terms pay erosion which has created a 20% shortfall in teachers’ salaries.
“The Government has presided over a teachers' pay lottery, short-changing teachers and failing to ensure that school and academy employers give teachers the pay awards they are entitled to.

“The Chancellor’s commitments on school budgets have not addressed the ongoing additional financial pressures that all schools are facing and will continue to face into 2021 and beyond as a result of the pandemic. The academic, social and emotional cost of tackling Covid-19 and its impact on children and young people is likely to be significant and will only increase the strain on school budgets.

“The Government’s pledge to stick to pre-pandemic funding commitments will be wholly insufficient in ensuring schools and children’s education recover fully from the impact of Covid-19.”

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