By Jill Neal on 14 Jul 2017
SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO FACE PRESSURE OVER TEACHERS’ PAY
The School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) have published
their 27th Report this week.
When the Secretary of State asked the STRB to consider and make recommendations on adjustments to teachers’ pay and allowances from September 2017, she made it clear that schools would have to manage the cost of implementing any pay adjustments from within existing funds. The relevant unions continue to argue the need for an increase greater than the 1% constraint indicated by the treasury.
This STRB report acknowledges the considerable pressures that schools continue to face with a decline in teacher retention rates alongside an increase in vacancies, and for many schools, funding reductions. The pay recommendations are therefore particularly targeted to support recruitment and retention of teachers in the early stages of their careers.
The recommendations are to uplift the minima and maxima of all ranges and allowances (TLR & SEN) by 1% for the main pay range where the min/max uplift is 2%.
The Report and Justine Greening's comments on it are now subject to a short consultation period with responses required by 28th July. Whilst there will inevitably be objections raised to the proposals, the final version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2017 (STPCD) is expected to be published in August.
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