Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget statement on 22 November, Education Unions – the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the National Education Union (NEU), UCAC and Voice have made a call to the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, for an immediate and fully funded 5% pay rise for teachers.
In a letter sent to the Secretary of State last week, unions expressed “grave concerns” regarding teacher supply across England and Wales, citing the School Teachers’ Review Body’s warning in its 27th pay report that this “presents a substantial risk to the functioning of an education system.”
The unions are calling on the Government to:
restore teachers’ pay levels to at least the levels that existed before the start of pay restraint in 2010
give teachers a pay rise of 5% in 2018 as a first step towards this restoration
make teachers’ pay a priority in discussions within government
provide sufficient additional funding for this increase in teachers’ pay in the Chancellor’s Budget autumn statement