Pay dispute: Offer branded 'insulting' and 'out of step'

The pay offer being considered by the National Education Union (NEU) and other education unions has been labelled “insulting” and “out of step” with the rest of the UK.

After days of intensive talks in the teacher pay dispute, the Department for Education (DfE) has offered a 4.5% average pay rise from September 2023 as well as a £1,000 one-off cash payment this year.

The one-off payment to all teachers and leaders for 2022/23 is equivalent, the DfE says, to an additional 2.4% on top of the 5.4% average pay award teachers received in September 2022.

Meanwhile, the offered 4.5% average pay award for 2023/24 would be, the DfE says, equivalent to a rise of at least £1,880, (4.3%) for experienced teachers and leaders, and £2,000 (7.1%) for new teachers (excluding London).

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