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Teachers call for ‘urgent pay rise’

TEACHERS and school leaders joined forces yesterday in calling for “essential” government funding to address the “urgent” pay concerns.

Unions representing the “overwhelming majority” of teachers and school leaders have asked for a 5 per cent pay rise for their members.

In a joint statement to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), National Education Union (NEU) and education professionals’ union Voice called on the government to “urgently” implement and fund the increase.

The unions say the value of teacher pay against inflation has been cut repeatedly since 2010.

They argue an above-inflation increase is needed to start the process of reversing the cuts and repairing the damage caused to teacher recruitment and retention.

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said that the 5 per cent increase “will not replace the pay losses teachers have faced, or close the gap with other professions, but alongside tackling workload, it would be a part of solving the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.”

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