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Re-establishing and reinforcing a coherent national pay structure across the UK is a vital part of ending the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, will hear today.

A motion to be debated at the NASUWT Annual Conference 2021, being held online this year, calls for teachers to be given certainty over their pay levels during their career.

It calls for a return to mandatory national pay scales for teachers and school leaders, national pay portability and annual pay progression and welcomes the growing number of employers that have taken action to replace outdated and discriminatory performance-related pay with automatic incremental pay progression.

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

“Many teachers currently have no guarantees, however hard they work and however well they perform, about the pay award or pay progression they will receive.  

“The excessive freedoms and flexibilities given to schools and employers have led to a race to the bottom on teachers’ pay, rampant discrimination and a deepening crisis in teacher morale and retention.

“National pay frameworks are the only credible way to ensure fairness and transparency and to ensure that teachers receive the pay and rewards to which they are entitled.”

 

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