NEU demands 'major correction' in teacher pay as cost of living bites

The National Education Union is calling for a “major correction” in pay after a snapshot survey showed many teachers are struggling to pay their bills.
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Involving 4,536 teachers and school leaders working in state schools in England, the research finds continuing dissatisfaction about levels of pay.

The survey was undertaken in early November and found that that 56% of the respondents are “very” (28%) or “extremely” (28%) worried about their household bills and finances.

At the same time the survey, which has been carried out among NEU teacher and leadership members, finds that just 7% of the respondents feel their pay is fair.

Indeed, 85% said that they are underpaid given their skills, qualifications and workload (including 87% at primary level and 84% at secondary).

The findings come after the NEU and other education unions struck a deal with the Department for Education earlier this year over teacher pay.

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