Teachers’ unions are calling for a fully funded pay rise for all school leaders and teachers regardless of their performance.
And, they insist, this pay rise should be a ‘significant salary uplift’ to ensure teachers’ wages are keeping pace with inflation.
The call has been made by a coalition of five teachers’ unions consisting of the NEU, Voice, UCAC, ASCL and NAHT, the headteachers’ union.
The unions have now submitted a statement to the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) which will be making a recommendation on the annual teachers’ pay award to the education secretary.
Teachers’ unions are calling on the STRB to ‘reconsider’
In a statement, the teachers’ unions are calling on the STRB to ‘reconsider its position’.
The unions’ statement also says it is a matter of ‘fairness and justice’ that all school leaders and teachers receive an annual cost of living increase.
This will, they say, ensure that teaching salaries will keep pace with increasing prices so that no school leader or teacher will be worse off in real terms.
The unions point out that the STRB needs to reconsider its stance on pay awards which are based on teaching performance.
The teachers’ unions make clear: “The cost of living increase needs to be applied to all allowances and salaries.”
Call for a cost of living increase for teachers and school leaders
The call for a cost of living increase for teachers and school leaders comes after the unions made a representation for a 5% pay increase last November.
The unions also highlight that the government’s aim of having different pay awards is damaging teacher morale and also the status and value of the teaching profession.
Last year, STRB recommended a 1% pay rise, which the government accepted.
Now the teachers’ unions say that any pay award must be fully funded without the schools having to find the money for any pay increase.
The union statement continues: “Paying school leaders and teachers fairly should not be at the expense of pupils and we call upon the STRB to endorse the principle as a specific recommendation.”
Teachers’ unions are calling on the STRB
The teachers’ unions are also calling on the STRB to make clear what they believe the appropriate level of pay should be for school leaders and teachers without being constrained by the government’s pay policy and also school funding.
The unions also highlight that teachers have now seen seven years of pay cuts while undergoing unprecedented levels of change which include a new exam system and curriculum.