AN ALLIANCE of five education unions has called for an immediate 5 per cent pay increase.
The alliance includes head teachers and the largest teaching union, the National Education Union.
In a letter to Education Secretary Justine Greening, the unions express “grave concern” over teacher supply, saying that seven years of real-terms pay cuts are affecting recruitment.
They are seeking a commitment to the pay increase in this month’s Budget.
“We believe that a significant pay increase is now required for all teachers and school leaders,” they say.
“The situation is now so critical that it requires firm and decisive action.
“In order to support and secure recruitment and retention, teachers’ pay levels must be restored at least to the levels that existed before the start of pay restraint in 2010.
“We believe that teachers must be given an immediate pay rise of 5 per cent in 2018 as a step towards this.”