The Department for Education (DfE) has today published its written evidence to the School Teacher Review Body (STRB), instructing them that a 2% pay award for teachers and school leaders in 2019 is all that is affordable.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Affordability should not be part of the STRB’s remit. It is an independent body and should not have its deliberations influenced in this way before they have even begun. The Review Body is charged with arriving at an evidence-based view in order to make recommendations on the salary and allowance ranges for teachers and school leaders, so that pay is competitive in the context of the wider labour market in England.
“Following years of caps damaging to public sector pay, it is disgraceful for the government to impose another one, this time of 2%. It should be remembered that the government’s decision to make a differentiated pay settlement last year, delivered a pay cut in real terms for all but a third of teachers, including the most experienced staff and leaders.
“Further depressions to pay will undermine the success of the government’s own recruitment and retention strategy which was widely welcomed at the beginning of the week.
“In our full submission to the STRB delivered this week, we make the case for a fully funded 5% increase for all teachers and leaders. This is vital if we are to plug the leaky pipeline of teacher recruitment and retention in England.”