Comprehensive Spending Review: A moment of truth

A pay-freeze, a 3.2 per cent rise in the cost of living, real-terms cuts to school funding – the government needs to change tack quickly if we are to prevent teachers from quitting the chalkface post-pandemic says Dr Patrick Roach

The Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of this month will be a moment of truth as we look to the government to deliver on their claims to be levelling up the nation and building back better.

However, for education, the omens are worrying. Teachers have already been “rewarded” for their extraordinary efforts during the pandemic with a pay freeze which has left them worse off in real terms now than they were more than a decade ago (Cribb & Sibieta, 2021) and the government has failed so far to deliver for pupils the levels of additional investment needed to support education recovery.

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