NUT comment on teacher workforce figures

Commenting on the latest Government teacher workforce figures, which show a fall in teachers’ pay, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“It is perfectly clear that the restrictions on teachers’ pay, alongside all the pressures that teachers face from Ofsted and unacceptable accountability measures, means that the prospect of recruiting the number of teachers we need to go forward is very bleak.

“It is quite obvious that despite what the Secretary of State says about his plans for the deregulation of pay, it is clearly not about paying a few teachers more but about paying the majority of teachers less. We urge Michael Gove to reconsider his plans to deregulate pay and to think about a proper increase in teacher salaries. It can’t be right that whilst teachers’ pay has been cut by 15% since the current Government took over, leadership pay in some academies has risen substantially.”

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