ASCL Cymru comment on teacher pay award

29/07/2020
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the proposals for teacher pay in Wales
 
Responding to the proposals for teacher pay in Wales, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:

“We welcome the proposed increase to teacher starting salaries. It is an important step in making the profession more competitive in the graduate jobs market, and thereby improving recruitment.

“However, we are disappointed that the level of the pay award is on a sliding scale, with many experienced teachers and leaders receiving the lowest uplift.

“The real value of their salaries has been eroded by years of austerity, and this is scant recognition of their loyalty, dedication, and hard work. This will not help in terms of retaining long-serving staff in the profession.

“It is also vital that the Welsh government and local authorities ensure that schools have enough money to fund this pay award. It would be disastrous if there is any shortfall as their budgets are already beyond breaking point.”