What the pay deal means for your school

The government may be delighted at having doused a likely revolt over teachers’ salaries, but with senior staff missing out on the full increase, trouble is still brewing, finds Martin George

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As the classroom clock ticked down to the end of term, tension had been rising.

With many school budgets already at breaking point, heads had no idea what kind of pay rise they would be able to give their teachers in September or, crucially, where the money would come from.

While the Department for Education wrangled with the Treasury over who would fund a deal for teachers, schools feared a doomsday scenario of a big pay rise without the cash to fund it.

So when NEU teaching union activists protested outside the DfE’s headquarters in the final week of term, talk of strike ballots was in the ...

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