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potential for higher salaries but no more funding for teachers’ pay

12 March 2015

The School Teachers’ Review Body has today released its annual report. It has recommended a 1% increase for most teaching pay levels but a 2% increase for the top of the main scale. This is stated to be a response to the biggest problem identified by the report being difficulty in attracting new recruits to the profession and a lack of financial progression compared to other graduate posts. It is difficult to see how a 2% increase will have a significant impact on this. It will however be an additional strain on budgets which are already past breaking point.

It is significant that the report repeats its previous statement that there should be a complete review of the whole system of pay. It was clear that it was Mr Gove’s preference for teacher pay to be entirely deregulated. The outcome of the polls in May will entirely determine the scope of next year’s report. If a recognisable form of the current administration remains in government, we expect next year’s report to significantly change the current system of teacher pay.

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