NUT Conference 2017
17 April 2017
Commenting after the debate on Motion 19, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The Government’s public sector pay policy since 2010 has cut teachers’ pay in real terms by some 15%.
“At the same time, workload and stress have been increasing and funding cuts are now leading to higher class sizes, cuts in resources and cuts in staffing. In these circumstances it is hardly surprising that graduates are turning away from teaching as a career and serving teachers are leaving in increasing numbers
“The NUT is not alone in recognising the urgent and pressing need for a pay rise for teachers and a change of policy. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said in February that teaching as an occupation is likely to face ‘significant challenges in recruiting sufficient numbers of highly qualified teachers over the next few years, particularly in the light of the ongoing squeeze on public sector pay.’
“In their report last year the School Teachers’ Review Body made a clear statement that a pay increase ‘significantly higher’ than 1% will be required ‘before the end of this Parliament’ in order to recruit and retain enough teachers over the coming years – and that schools will need more funding to allow for this. We will shortly find out whether the Review Body has decided to recommend such an increase – and, if so, how the Government responds.
“The NUT welcomes the comments made by the Shadow Chancellor at Conference on Friday that under a future Labour government ‘teachers would be properly paid.’
“At a time of a crisis in teacher supply and a buoyant graduate recruitment market, the Government needs to do much more to make teaching an attractive profession. The NUT has repeatedly warned that, if the Government continues its strategy of below- inflation pay awards for teachers, cutting the real value of pay and reducing its competitiveness, teacher supply problems will persist and the quality of education provision will decline.”
NUT Edufact, Teachers’ Pay: https://www.teachers.org.uk/edufacts/teachers-pay
NUT Edufact, Teacher Recruitment and Retention: https://www.teachers.org.uk/edufacts/teacher-recruitment-and-retention
The NUT’s Annual Conference is taking place this Easter weekend in Cardiff. For the Final Agenda, please visit https://www.teachers.org.uk/sites/default/files2014/nut-final-agenda-2017-13068.pdf