In a significant development, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Education Secretary Gillian Keegan have issued a joint statement on pay. The statement announces a record-breaking recommendation from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). Advocating a 6.5% pay increase for teachers and school leaders.
The joint statement highlights the recognition of the vital role that teachers play in the country. Moreover, emphasises the government’s commitment to ensuring teaching remains an attractive profession. In response to the STRB’s recommendation, the government has agreed to implement broader reforms aimed at reducing the workload of teachers and leaders in collaboration with all four unions.
Crucially, the government has allocated proper funding to support schools. It has pledged additional funding for all schools, surpassing the proposed amount from March. Building upon the £2 billion in additional funding provided to schools in the autumn statement. Furthermore, a hardship fund of up to £40 million will be established to assist schools facing significant financial challenges.
Workload and Remuneration Prioritized
The announcement comes as a significant step towards recognizing the dedication and commitment of teachers. Moreover, addressing their concerns about workload and remuneration. By providing a substantial pay increase and committing to reducing workload, the government aims to make teaching an even more appealing career choice and ensure the continued excellence of education in the UK.
The agreement marks an important milestone in the relationship between the government and education unions, as they work collaboratively to improve the teaching profession and create a supportive environment for both educators and students. The outcome of the unions’ member voting on this deal will shape the future of the education sector and the relationship between teachers and the government.