The NASUWT is demanding a 12% pay rise this September, but ministers are set-on a below-inflation increase. Dr Patrick Roach sets out five reasons why a restorative pay award is essential – and warns that teachers’ anger is ready to boil over

The reports of the STRB (England) and IWPRB (Wales) on the teachers’ pay awards for 2022/23 are expected imminently and both will be crucial for the teaching profession, at a time of a deepening recruitment, retention and cost-of-living crisis.

Both pay review body reports will be looked at keenly, in terms of whether these bodies manage to assert their independence and deliver pay awards that begin to restore the real-terms value of teachers’ pay after 12 years of cuts and austerity.

The 2022/23 pay awards will also be critically important for the future delivery of the government’s ambitions of securing education recovery and tackling the impact of widening inequality and the effect of increased levels of child poverty on educational progress and achievement.

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