It is “patently not the case” that the government’s proposed increases to teacher pay over the next two years are affordable from existing school budgets.

School leaders are concerned at the “almost casual” manner in which the Department for Education (DfE) has claimed that schools can afford what will be the biggest increase to teacher pay for years.

And as the DfE pushes for bigger increases for early career teachers than more experienced colleagues, five education unions have taken the unusual step of submitting a joint statement to the STRB urging equivalent pay rises across the board.

The DfE has set out its proposals in its evidence to the School Teacher Review Body (STRB), which has been asked to recommend pay awards for both 2022/23 and 2023/24.

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