School Teachers’ Review Body’s recommendations

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The government has published its recommendations on pay for those unqualified teachers who earn a full-time equivalent salary of £21,000 or less.

The School Teachers’ Review Body has recommended that a non-consolidated payment of £250 should be made to those unqualified teachers who earn £21,000 or less; that the £250 is pro-rated for part-time unqualified teachers; and that consultation should seek to identify a simple and cost-effective method of payment.

The recommendations apply to those unqualified teachers earning £21,000 or less in the context of the two-year public sector pay freeze that will affect teachers from September 2011. The Treasury has instructed that there should be a minimum award of £250 in each of these two years.

Commenting on the Government’s recommendations, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “The STRB and Government have colluded to break the Government’s original promise that low paid workers would be exempt from the pay freeze.  There is no way that a non–consolidated payment is the same as a pay increase.

“The STRB has failed to challenge the Government’s unilateral decision to freeze the pay of all other teachers without consulting the STRB. 

“The biggest scandal, however, remains the pay freeze itself.  With inflation at 4% or more and pension contributions increasing by 3% or more, qualified teachers’ pay will be cut by over 10% in real terms over the next two years.  That’s why the NUT is supporting the TUC’s March for the Alternative on Saturday and will continue to fight cuts in pay, pensions and funding.”

The STRB recommendations include:

  • A non-consolidated payment of £250 be made in both years to all full-time teachers on spine points 1-3 of the Unqualified Teachers’ scale;
  • The £250 payment be pro-rated according to their working hours for part-time teachers on points 1-3 of the Unqualified Teachers’ scale;
  • The Department consult, with a view to identifying a simple and cost-effective method of payment, and issue guidance as appropriate.
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