ASCL comment on Chancellor’s spending review announcement

25/11/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s spending review announcement.
 
Commenting on the Chancellor’s spending review announcement, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We are deeply disappointed that the government intends to impose a public sector pay freeze on teachers and are hugely concerned that this will damage staff retention.

“We understand the public spending pressures caused by Covid, but this decision comes on top of a decade of pay austerity.

Experienced teachers and school leaders have already seen a real-terms decrease in their pay of 13 per cent over the past 10 years.

“This new pay freeze will result in the further erosion of their pay following a year in which they have worked tirelessly and under extraordinary pressure because of the Covid pandemic.

“The government asks more and more of teachers and leaders, and then effectively cuts their pay. It should not be surprised if staff decide to leave the profession.

“We are pleased the Chancellor has confirmed that the additional investment in schools through to 2023 remains on track following years of real-terms cuts.

“However, any uplift in school funding is being wiped out by the huge cost of Covid safety measures and teacher supply cover which the government refuses to reimburse.

“Many schools will be significantly worse off as a result of these additional costs and it is likely that they will have to make further cuts.”