NASUWT comment on teachers’ pay advice

Commenting on the publication by the Department for Education (DfE) of the revised School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2013 and advice to headteachers on teachers’ pay, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The Secretary of State is determined to press ahead with the reckless pursuit of changes to the national pay framework which will heap further misery onto teachers.

“The Coalition Government’s claim that its reforms to the pay system are designed to pay ‘good teachers’ more has been exposed as false by the recent decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to remove access to pay progression opportunities for millions of other public sector workers.

“The real intention of the changes to teachers’ pay is nothing to do with rewarding ‘good teachers’ as the Secretary of State has claimed, but is instead about extending pay depression to all teachers.

“The inconvenient truth is that the Coalition Government’s real aim is to reduce teachers’ pay in order to maximise the opportunities for schools to be run for profit, damaging children’s education into the bargain.”

ENDS

Lena Davies
Press and Media Officer
Campaigns and Communications Team
NASUWT
0121 457 6250 / 07867 392 746
lena.davies@mail.nasuwt.org.uk