ASCL comment on teacher pay announcement

02/09/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement of plans to increase starting salaries for teachers
 
Responding to the government’s announcement of plans to increase starting salaries for teachers, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“We welcome the government’s proposal to increase the starting salaries for teachers after years of government-imposed pay austerity which has eroded the real value of teachers’ pay and made it increasingly uncompetitive in the graduate jobs market. Action to address this situation is long overdue and much-needed in terms of tackling the serious teacher recruitment and retention crisis which is impacting on schools in general and particularly those in the most challenging circumstances.

“Raising the starting salary of teachers would be a significant step forward but we also need to see an improvement to teachers’ pay across the board to ensure that we are able to retain experienced teachers in the profession. It is also vital that any increase in salaries is fully funded by the government and that it does not fall on school budgets which are already under severe strain. We are conscious that the government has recently announced additional funding for schools over the next three years, and we welcome that investment, but we need to understand more about how all these announcements fit together and where this will leave school budgets.”