to the consultation on the IWPRB 1st Report and the Government’s response has been submitted.
We acknowledged and welcomed the Minister’s decision to increase the IWPRB’s recommendation of a 2.4 % uplift to 2.75 %.
Whilst we welcomed the increase of 5% for NQTs on MPR1, we were disappointed that the IWPRB did not make a recommendation for the minima and maxima of all of the ranges to be uplifted by the 5 %. This would have recognised the significant real terms decrease in teachers’ pay over the last few years.
The review body states that it is concerned "about the recruitment of teachers and leaders generally and in particular the recruitment and retention of teachers in certain subjects", yet disappointingly has done nothing to address this, other than for NQTs.
We voiced our concerns over the lack of timeliness throughout the process and stress that the report and response need to be published by the end of March, the timeline in Wales cannot be at the mercy of Westminster internal politics and negotiations.
We are very concerned that there has been no indication of how the pay award will be funded. This should have been decided and announced prior to the commencement of the consultation period.
We were clear in our evidence, as were other consultees, that any award must be fully funded by the Welsh Government and we call upon the Minister for Education to ensure that this happens and that it is announced without delay.