Teachers' Pay 2017/18

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By Jill Neal
on 13 November, 2016

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Teachers’ Pay 2017/18 Have your say!

Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education) has written to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) asking for their recommendations on adjustments to salary and allowances for teachers’ pay 2017/18.

Given the increasing pressures that many schools are currently facing in terms of budgets and recruitment it is vital that the STRB are well informed about the implications for individual schools of any recommendations that they may make.

STRB: Have Your Say!

Your school should by now have received a communication from the National Employers Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) asking for objective and up to date evidence about the workforce, comparative levels of pay, the implementation of recent reforms and the current financial position. This is your opportunity to let the STRB know exactly how teachers’ pay impacts upon your school. It is not just about the budgetary implications. We know from our frequent discussions with school leaders that recruitment remains a major concern as does the need to retain experienced teachers. 

Have the flexibilities introduced in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document in recent years enabled you to resolve some of these difficulties or has the autonomy that schools have been given simply introduced additional complexities? Does your Pay Policy reflect the school's needs in terms of workforce ability and pay? What are the implications for the future, given that the Treasury confirmation that public sector pay awards will still only be funded to an average of 1% per year up to 2020. It needs to be remembered that the STRB in their 26th Report state that recruitment, retention and pay was a huge issue for the sector and needed to be addressed by the DfE, "If current recruitment and retention trends continue, we expect an uplift to the pay framework significantly higher than 1% will be required in the course of this Parliament to ensure an adequate supply of good teachers for schools in England and Wales". Ultimately the only change to the 2016 STPCD was the 1% uplift to minima and maxima amounts of pay ranges as other pay increases were to be determined at a local level within schools’ own pay policy provisions.  Do you feel that this was the correct approach? In our experience, pay policy flexibilities have yet to be fully embraced at an individual school level.

We often hear headteachers and principals say that nobody has asked them for their opinion. This is your chance to have your voice heard by responding to NEOST. Only by school leaders providing real-life data on the impact of pay implications on the sector can NEOST put forward detailed and robust evidence to the STRB to enable them to make considered recommendations.

If you have not yet responded to NEOST we urge you to do so before the deadline of Friday 18th November 2016. The questions are attached and your response should be submitted to oss@local.gov.uk

For more information about the topics highlighted above, or to ensure that your pay policies are up to date, contact Jill Neal on 0844 967 1112.

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  • Claire Colling avatar

    Claire Colling

    The 'flexibilities' introduced by removing the teachers incremental pay scale I feel are another example of the contempt this government shows for teachers. It gives those leaders who are unscrupulous, licence to withhold pay for spurious reasons, often citing budgetary concerns when often SLT are on grossly inflated salaries (particularly in academies.) Teachers also now have no pay portability and women teachers returning to teaching after a career break very often do not resume the pay scale that they were originally on. In my friend's school many teachers have left to do supply and 3 younger teachers have said they do not expect to be teaching there in 3 years time due to the fact that their graduate peers are earning far more and are not working every night after leaving school at 6 and then weekends as well. Please look at the NASUWT evidence which states that 6 out of 10 teachers have not received the 1% pay award. This is truly shocking and sends the message that teachers are not valued; this will not ease the recruitment and retention crisis, it will exacerbate it. In my opinion, the pay award should be considerably more than 1%

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