ASCL Cymru comment on teacher pay award

22/10/2019
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the announcement by Minister for Education Kirsty Williams on the teacher pay award in Wales
 
Responding to the announcement by Minister for Education Kirsty Williams on the teacher pay award in Wales, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:

“We welcome the 5% rise in the starting salary for newly qualified teachers but we are disappointed that other teachers will receive an increase of only 2.75% after years of pay austerity which have eroded the real value of salaries.

“We also welcome the allocation of £12.8m to support this year’s pay award. However, we will be seeking clarification over whether this funding is sufficient to cover the cost of the pay award in full and exactly how it will be delivered.

“It is vital that this money is ring-fenced to ensure that every penny is spent on meeting the cost of the pay award and that it is distributed fairly and equitably across the country. Budgets are already under immense pressure and schools cannot take the strain of additional costs if there is any shortfall in this funding.”