ASCL response to the STRB 30th report

14 September 2020

We have submitted our response to the consultation on the STRB 30th Report and the government’s response which closed on 14 September.  Thank you to all members who contacted us with their concerns around affordability due to the pay award not being funded by the government, and also yet another differentiated award where experienced teachers and school leaders were hit hardest.

In our response, whilst we welcomed the 5.5% increase to starting salaries, we expressed our disappointment that the same increase was not applied to all pay ranges, as called for in our evidence and in that of the majority of consultees.  

In our supplementary evidence, we provided detailed evidence to show that the Secretary of State’s claim that a 3% increase was affordable within the sector was flawed.  In spite of this, the government is leaving schools to fund the full costs from their already overstretched existing budgets and is providing no additional funding.  We have again provided evidence in our response to show that this is unaffordable for schools.  We have also highlighted the issues raised with us by our members since the announcement.

As in previous years, we have also submitted a joint union response to the consultation in conjunction with NAHT, NEU and Voice.  

After the end of the consultation period, the DfE will then consider the responses, finalise the drafts and lay the Pay Order in Parliament.  This normally takes 21 days before it comes into effect. Any employers who are reviewing their pay policies should only finalise them on or after this date. 

As the DfE has accepted all the STRB’s recommendations, we would expect it will lay the Pay Order quite quickly, so we are likely looking at the second week in October for matters to be finalised (in 2019, it was 11 October with a similar timescale).  We will provide further updates to keep members informed of this process.

As in previous years, we have uprated the pay scales since 2014, and which can be seen here. Please remember that these are only provisional until the pay award and Pay Order are finalised.