Sunday 21 May 2023
Following the news that the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) is proposing a 6.5% increase in teacher pay for the 2023/24 academic year, NFER’s School Workforce Lead, Jack Worth, said:
“For recruitment and retention to improve it is critical to have a pay award that ensures teacher pay increases faster than pay in the rest of the labour market. With NFER's latest forecast indicating unprecedentedly low recruitment into teacher training this year, this reported STRB recommendation is a good first step.
However it is crucial for the government to ensure that schools have the funds to pay for any increase and also that this pay award be accompanied by a long term plan to continue to improve the competitiveness of teacher pay."