TUC Opinion Poll on Regional Pay - Press Release
14 June 2012
Commenting on the TUC opinion poll* showing that two thirds of voters thought paying teachers less in lower-pay areas would make it harder for schools to recruit and retain good quality teachers, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Only Michael Gove has expressed any support for local pay in teaching. Submissions to the School Teachers’ Review Body show that everyone else consulted – local authorities, head teacher associations, governor associations and all of the teacher unions – oppose the idea.
“This policy would reduce teacher mobility, create shortages in areas of lower pay, hit recruitment and retention, and create needless extra expense and bureaucracy for schools.
“Like so many of Michael Gove's ideas, these proposals are based on ideology not evidence. It will de-motivate teachers and worsen recruitment and retention problems – the very opposite of what is needed.”