Investing in teachers is investing in pupils’ education, but the proposals over teachers’ pay risk driving more experienced teachers from the chalkface, says Dr Patrick Roach


For years, even during periods of pay restraint, workload has perennially been cited by teachers as their top issue of concern.

However, the cumulative impact of 12 years of below-inflation pay awards, a global pandemic, and the worst cost-of-living crisis for 50 years has brought the issue of teachers’ pay to the forefront of the profession’s concerns.

As the teachers’ pay review bodies in England and Wales begin their deliberations, we have called for a substantial multi-year pay award for all teachers and school leaders from this year.

There is irrefutable evidence that uncompetitive pay levels are contributing to a worsening picture on teacher supply and succession, driven in tandem by excessive workloads and working hours.

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