ASCL Cymru comment on IWPRB review of teacher and leader pay and conditions


Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to comments made by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, following the publication of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body's (IWPRB) strategic review of the structure of teachers' and leaders' pay and conditions in Wales.


“Addressing longstanding issues around pay and workload are vital to solving the teacher recruitment and retention crisis and ensuring schools are able to put teachers in front of classes.

“For the Cabinet Secretary to say that recommendations made by IWPRB will only be implemented where they can be shown to be either cost neutral or are able to be met from existing budgets, completely undermines the lengthy, independent review that is taking place.

“School budgets are already stretched to breaking point. It is completely unrealistic to suggest that this is a crisis that can be fixed on the cheap, and these comments will be of no comfort to school leaders battling financial pressures and staff shortages. The Welsh Government needs to get a grip on the situation and demonstrate that they value the education workforce.”