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Unions demand recognition of teacher recruitment crisis

Unions demand recognition of teacher recruitment crisis

In a strongly worded joint submission to the STRB, six education unions have attacked the DfE for its failure to acknowledge the recruitment crisis and have demanded decisive action on teachers' pay.

The strongly worded call has been made by the unions in a joint letter submitted to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), which is currently preparing its recommendations for teachers' pay in England and Wales from September 2017.

The unions are angry that the Department for Education (DfE), in its own submission to the STRB, has not acknowledged the extent of the recruitment problems facing schools.

The government wants the STRB to recommend a 1% average rise for teachers in line with the government's Autumn Statement, although education secretary Justine Greening has said that "there should not be an expectation that every worker will receive a 1% award".

The unions warn that teachers' pay has declined and "must be uplifted" in order to make the profession more attractive to graduates and career-changers. A 1% uplift in 2017 would mean the main pay range for classroom teachers in England and Wales moves to £22,691-£33,491 and the upper pay range moves to £35,926-£38,633. The STRB has been asked to report back with its recommendations by April.

Source: Sec Ed

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