Just before the summer, the Department for Education (DfE) finally accepted the recommendations of the School Teachers Review Body (STRB, 2023) and offered teachers a 6.5% pay uplift for 2023/24.
The government had been facing the strong likelihood of coordinated autumn strike action from all four unions involved in the industrial dispute.
As part of the agreement, the DfE has pledged to establish a working group to tackle unsustainable workload and to talks between the DfE, education unions and the new Ofsted chief inspector to address concerns over inspections.
Ministers also agreed to fund the first 3% of the pay increase, easing slightly the financial pressure the full pay award will put on schools.
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