Teacher pay: Teaching unions come together to demand salary boost for profession ‘in crisis’

Teaching unions make joint submission to review body calling for "significant" salary increase - teacher pay has been frozen or capped since 2011.


Six education unions have come together to call on the pay review body to recommend a “significant pay increase” for teachers to address a “crisis” in recruitment and retention.


The Association of School and College Leaders, ATL, NAHT, NUT, Voice and UCAC in Wales have made a single submission to the School Teachers’ Review Body, in addition to the evidence each union has already submitted to the organisation.  


In the joint statement the unions warn that “the teaching profession is in crisis”. 


“We are not recruiting enough teachers and too many are leaving the profession, worn down by relentless overwork, stress and pressure,” the submission says.


Twenty three per cent of secondary schools reported a vacancy or temporary filled post in 2015, up from 7 per cent in 2011. In primary schools the figure was 6.9 per cent - up by 2.7 per cent on 2011.


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