[2022] Motion 49 Pay

Composited motion

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Congress notes, with frustration and anger, that the pay awards for teachers and support staff, like many other public sector workers, will, in effect, be a pay cut again this year – just as it has been for the last 10 years.

Schools are now at breaking point with recruitment difficulties, with many schools simply unable to staff classes properly nor provide adequate support for pupils, particularly those with special educational needs.

Congress applauds all staff in education for the work undertaken in schools and online throughout the pandemic and condemns the government’s recent evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body which suggests that even this was not worthy of a real-terms increase as opposed to another pay cut.

Congress calls on the government to properly reward educational staff for the brilliant work that is done each and every day in settings throughout the UK and to avert a deeper recruitment and retention crisis that will severely damage the life chances of millions.

National Association of Head Teachers