Teachers’ pay: latest news

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Pay and pensions
16 January 2017
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This is the NEU submission to the School Teachers Review Body for its review of teachers’ pay from September 2018.  It sets out the NEU’s case for a substantial pay increase for all teachers, beginning with an immediate 5% across the board increase for all teachers which should be fully funded by the Government.

This NEU report sets out the findings of our survey of NEU members on pay for September 2017, including the annual cost of living pay increase and pay progression for school teachers in all sectors and phases.

Pay scales and guidance on teachers’ pay from September 2017 can be found here

2017 - The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) recommendations

The recommendations are:

  • A one per cent uplift to minimum and maximum level of the upper pay range, the leadership pay range, unqualified teachers’ pay range and the leading practitioners pay range;
  • A one per cent increase to the minimum and maximum values payable as teaching and learning responsibility payments (TLRs) and special educational needs allowances (SEN); and
  • A two per cent uplift to the minimum and maximum level of the main pay range.

Read ATL’s initial response to the Report and the full Report and recommendations.

ATL and NUT have submitted a joint response to the Report.

ATL has also submitted a response with ASCL, NAHT, NUT, UCAC and Voice.

School Teachers’ Review Body 27th Report

The government had issued the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) with their latest remit for teachers’ pay - capping public sector pay at an average of one per cent until 2020.

A letter from the Treasury confirms the government’s intention to continue limiting public sector pay - including for teachers - to an average of one percent a year until 2019/20.

The STRB were asked to make recommendations based on:

  • recruitment and retention
  • teachers’ pay in comparison with other graduate professions and the wider economy
  • schools’ financial positions.

Mary Bousted’s blog gives an accurate account of the current state of teachers’ pay and you can read ATL's evidence to the STRB and the supplementary evidence for further information. ATL and the NUT have also surveyed members on pay progression and the interim results have been submitted to the STRB. ATL also submitted a joint statement to the STRB along with ASCL, NAHT, NUT, UCAC and Voice and submitted additional evidence to the STRB in March 2017.

Joint Advice and Pay Scale Points 2017/18

Working with 5 other unions across England and Wales, ATL has jointly produced advice on the application of the proposed changes to the STPCD, including the adoption of pay scales and the application of individual pay increases. This joint advice will be sent to all schools following the formal confirmation of the proposed changes and the publication of the 2017 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).