ATL comment on submission to the STRB

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Press release
07 December 2016 by ATL Media Office
Commenting on ATL’s submission to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “In their last report the STRB said that if recruitment and retention didn’t improve then teachers would need an increase significantly higher than 1%. Well, things have not got better. In fact, they have got worse. 

“ATL’s submission to the STRB shows that more teachers left the profession last year than in any previous year and the Government has again failed to fill initial teacher training places in 14 out of 18 subjects. Teachers’ pay is being outstripped by inflation and pay rises in the private sector and these factors, coupled with unmanageable workload, are causing teachers to question whether it is worth remaining in the profession.  
“With this year’s change at the Treasury now is the perfect time to break with imposing this level of restraint and allow the STRB to set teachers’ pay at a realistic level. The Government is harming children’s life chances by ignoring the recruitment and retention crisis. Whatever the STRB recommends, the Government must ensure that schools are fully funded to implement the uplift so that schools do not risk losing valuable teachers and support staff from their workforce.”

ATL's submission to the STRB can  be viewed here.

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