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Commenting on the teacher pay award announcement today, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers Union, said:

“Today’s proposals by the Secretary of State will raise expectations of a pay award but will fail to deliver one for all teachers.

“In addition the Secretary of State has compounded the issues by taking the unacceptable step of departing from the recommendation of the Review Body by proposing a differentiated pay award for teachers.

“Ministers will need to explain why some teachers deserve less than others.

“If Ministers are serious about valuing and rewarding teachers, they need to take steps to end the culture rife in schools of only paying teachers what they can get away with.

“This announcement has the potential to make a bad situation worse if schools use the freedoms and flexibilities given to them by this Government to pocket the extra money and deprive teachers of their pay.”

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