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Commenting on the statement made by the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson in response to the latest School Teachers’ Review Body’s Report, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

“Teachers in England will be right to be angry and demoralised that the Government’s pay freeze will result in their pay falling further behind the salaries of teachers in other parts of the UK and continue the real terms erosion to teachers’ pay in the last decade.

“Teachers have stepped up to educate and support children and young people and they will be utterly dismayed that their efforts are valued so cheaply by the Government.

“The Education Secretary has failed to deliver on the investment needed to deliver education recovery for pupils and he now risks a renewed teacher retention crisis in our schools that will further hamper efforts to secure the recovery that children and young people deserve.

“The Government’s claims of levelling up and valuing teachers have been callously exposed.

“Teachers deserve better.

“Once again, the Government has demonstrated its utter contempt for the teaching profession by failing properly to reward teachers and by deliberately choosing to delay the release of the Pay Review Body report until the vast majority of schools have closed for summer break.”

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