Congress notes that the government delayed its teachers’ pay announcement until 24 July, after most schools’ summer break had started, with its formal consultation running during that summer break, closing on 3 September.
The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) recommended a 3.5 per cent increase for teachers and headteachers because of its profound concerns about teacher recruitment and retention.
Congress regrets that the government has:
i. denied that recommended increase to the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders
ii. failed to fully fund the teachers’ pay award
iii. failed to fund the support staff pay award.
Congress further notes that no government has previously refused to implement an increase recommended by the STRB, with increases delayed or staged on only a very few occasions, and that this government has given no explanation for doing so.
Congress condemns the government for ignoring concerns about teacher supply and failing to fund the increase in full, threatening further cuts to our children’s education.
Congress agrees that the government must:
a. fully fund all pay awards
b. treat review body recommendations as the very minimum for pay settlements.
Congress supports member unions taking action to secure fair pay in schools and full implementation and funding of pay recommendations.
Mover: National Education Union