Teachers will be angered and children suffer with continued pay cap

Press release
11 July 2017 by ATL Media Office
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on the news that most teachers will be held to a 1% pay cap for another year.

Teachers will be rightly angered by the Government’s decision to cap their pay at 1% for the fifth year running, says Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ (ATL) general secretary Dr Mary Bousted:

“Holding teachers’ pay rise at 1% for the fifth year in a row will make it even harder to recruit and retain teachers. Adding inadequate pay to the toxic mix of stress and overwork is likely to lead to even more teachers quitting. Even before this announcement over 50,000 teachers left teaching in the past year.

“It is hard enough for head teachers to fill their vacancies as it is and are increasingly having to ask teachers to teach outside their subject specialism. This is unfair to teachers and to their pupils.

“The Government’s decision to stick with austerity pay, despite its consequences for children and the warnings of the teachers’ review body, send the wrong signal to exhausted school staff, and to pupils and their parents.

“It is disingenuous of the Government to say schools can pay some teachers more when school budgets are already squeezed so hard schools are having to make staff redundant. Without more funding this is just a nonsense.”

ENDS

Note to editors:

  • The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, further and higher education colleges and universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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