Voice Official Response: Consultation on the Secretary of State’s Response to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) 28th Report and the draft 2018 School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document (STPCD)

Voice's response to Department for Education (DfE)

Consultation on the Secretary of State’s Response to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) 28th Report and the draft 2018 School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document (STPCD)

Background: We welcome the opportunity to comment on the STRB’s 28th Report and the Secretary of State’s response to it. Voice remains committed to working productively with the STRB and government on matters of teachers’ pay and restoring pay to levels appropriate for such a vital profession. We believe that this is crucial if we are to recruit and retain the required number and calibre of teachers in our schools and safeguard the “world class” education sector that the Secretary of State aspires to in his response and ensure that teaching does indeed remain “an attractive and fulfilling profession”.

Summary:  All teachers are affected by inflation and by the decreases in real term salary in recent years, it therefore seems astonishing to us that the Secretary of State has not accepted the STRB’s well-reasoned recommendations for teachers at every career stage. Differentials in pay award also skew the pay ranges with the top of the Main Range in Inner London now higher than the bottom of the Upper Range in Outer London.

The STRB has made its recommendations in response to extensive evidence from ourselves and others of the real situations facing schools today. Not to accept their evidence and recommendations seems to us short sighted, divisive and will do little to address the problems currently experienced in the teaching profession. The full pay award of 3.5% should be given to all teachers in England and Wales and fully funded.

Read Voice's Official Response (pdf)

Joint union letter to Education Secretary, 3 September 2018

Read the STRB report and DfE's response

Read the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and pay guidance

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