Voice Community has welcomed the Education Policy Institute’s latest report on teachers’ pay.
Deborah Lawson, Assistant General Secretary of Community Union (Voice education section), said:
“We welcome the report for highlighting how the current pay policy for teachers is a barrier to recruitment and retention.
“There is a real need to recognise the Churchillian effort of the school workforce through the pandemic, and this can and should be financial.
“There’s already a recruitment and retention crisis, and many teachers and school leaders have said they don’t have the energy to carry on and will leave the profession as soon as they can.
“The pay freeze has been a kick in the teeth for the nation’s dedicated teachers and headteachers, who have been working under extreme pressure during the pandemic, with more and more expectations placed on them. It has had a damaging impact on staff morale.”
Voice Community has called on the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB):
- not to accept the pay freeze;
- for a pay increase to at least match inflation;
- in the absence of a pay increase, to consider increasing PPA time; and
- to reform of the pay structure, including the MPS/UPS threshold and pay point differentials.