“This pay award falls woefully short of what is needed to shore up teacher recruitment and retention in Wales which is in an absolute state of crisis. It is well below the rate of inflation, which is currently 11.8% on the RPI index, and therefore constitutes a substantial real-terms pay cut. The real value of teacher and leader salaries has been significantly eroded over the past decade and they deserve better than yet another kick in the teeth. We will be consulting our members over whether they wish to take industrial action.
“The other implication of this award is that schools must have enough money to afford the costs involved. We have been assured by the Welsh government that funding has been allocated to local authorities which is sufficient to ensure that schools have the allocations they need for this purpose. It is essential that this now happens in all areas and by all local authorities. School budgets simply cannot take any further strain, and further cost pressures would inevitably result in cuts to provision.”