Written Submissions to the STRB 2020

Voice's written submission to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), January 2020, and Supplementary Evidence, February 2020

Written Submission to the STRB, 20 January 2020

Summary:

Voice calls on the STRB to:

  • recommend on the basis of evidence on the state of teacher supply rather than in response to instructions regarding affordability;
  • recommend an across the board increase of 5% for all teachers and school leaders;
  • review the teacher pay framework with a view to introducing national pay scales to ensure that the pay framework provides a clear career pathway, meets current challenges and provides an attractive offer for teachers at all career stages;
  • seek to establish sustainable and appropriate pay levels in the long term; and
  • work to ensure that teaching re-claims its place in today’s graduate job market.

Conclusion:

As in previous years, Voice continues to make the case that ongoing pay restraint is failing to incentivise the right kind of high calibre professionals to enter the profession.  Furthermore, the failure to address other factors impacting on teacher wellbeing continues to cause teachers to leave the profession.  This has a direct impact on the ability of schools to recruit the necessary staff to ensure high-quality education for all learners.

The evidence we have provided shows the ongoing recruitment situation and highlights the other demands placed on the graduate market.  It is clear that significant steps need to be taken if the exodus is to be abated and recruitment increased.  The promise of a £30,000 starting salary may help to assuage the issue at the recruitment end, but a flattening of the salary structure will not indicate the value of, nor support the retention of those with experience.

We believe that the time is right for there to be a fully funded, profession-wide increase.  This should be coupled with a return to nationally recognised pay scales which will ensure pay parity for all teachers across England.

Read Voice's Submission to the STRB (pdf)

Supplementary Evidence to the STRB, 17 February 2020

Summary: The failure to address factors impacting on teacher wellbeing continues to cause teachers to leave the profession.  This is having a direct impact on the ability of schools to recruit the necessary staff to ensure high-quality education for all learners.  The promise of a £30,000 starting salary may help to assuage the issue at the recruitment end, but a flattening of the salary structure will not indicate the value of, nor support the retention of, those with experience.

Read Voice's Supplementary Evidence to the STRB  (pdf)

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