Written Submission to the STRB, 20 January 2020
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.
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.
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.
Announcement on teachers’ pay for September (England) and publication of STRB's thirtieth report, 21 July 2020
School Teachers’ Review Body 30th report: 2020 Independent report DfE, OME and STRB, 21 July 2020
DfE's press release on teacher pay rise 21 July 2020
Voice's response to the STRB and Government response, September 2020
Summary: Following receipt of the 30th report of the School Teachers Pay Review Body, Voice the Union had hoped that the government would fully adopt the recommendations made. The evidence presented to the STRB from Voice and other stakeholders suggests consensus in the profession on the key issues relating to teacher pay and it is worth drawing your attention to the fact that the STRB agreed with much of our position.
Whilst we are thankful that you have chosen to adopt the STRB proposals in full, it will be essential, that any future consideration of teacher pay seeks to address the outstanding concerns of the sector including recognition of their ongoing role as key workers, who have proved essential to supporting the nation and the economy during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It is disappointing to note that again, there was delay in the publication of the STRB Report until the end of the summer term. This causes significant problems for schools in undertaking their own consultations and planning for the new academic year and we would appeal to you that steps be taken to avoid this delay over the coming year.
Voice is and always has been prepared to engage with government to discuss these issues. We implore the government to support teachers by addressing the issues of supply and demand, teacher pay which is decoupled from performance, and fully funded, reducing the burden on schools and support staff, and ensuring schools are fit for the 21st Century.
Read Voice's response (pdf)