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Commenting on the publication of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2017, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said: 
 
“Whilst it is right that the Government has accepted the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body report, these should be implemented in full and there must be no cherry-picking.
 
“The pay review body has rightly reminded schools that pupil achievements are dependent on schools maintaining a strong cadre of teachers and that ‘this will require school leaders and governing bodies to make best use of their people and give the necessary priority to teachers’ pay within their schools’ budgets.’
 
“However, the evidence confirms that to date teachers have not had any protection as a result of the Government’s 1% pay cap, and increasing numbers of teachers are reporting real financial hardship for the first time in decades.
 
“Latest statistics indicate that over a quarter of teachers are having to rely on credit cards, overdrafts and payday loans in order to make ends meet every month, and many new and recently qualified teachers who are unable to afford to rent or buy a home.
 
“The NASUWT is writing to all employers to put them on notice that all teachers should receive a minimum 1% uplift to their pay this year and that teachers on the Main Pay Range should expect a minimum uplift of at least 2%, in accordance with the Review Body’s report.
 
“At a time when pupils’ education is being placed at risk because of the continuing recruitment and retention crisis, schools cannot afford not to pay teachers.”

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