Affordability is the key

17th February 1995 at 00:00
In considering recommendations on pay levels, we have been required by our remit to consider affordability and the need to recruit, retain and motivate sufficient teachers.

The Education Secretary reiterated the Government's view that resources for performance pay should be found by devoting an increasing proportion of the pay bill to that, rather than through higher increases than would otherwise be the case.

The position on affordability continues to reflect the Government's approach on public sector pay that increases will have to be funded from increased productivity. Any increase we recommend could, as a result, pressurise staffing levels in terms of the overall pupil:teacher ratio.

We have noted that the economic indicators point to the need for some increase in teachers' pay.

The recruitment and retention position continues to be generally satisfactory and, subject to the availability of resources locally, the pay structure provides the means to tackle particular recruitment and retention problems through pay spine points. These are not being widely used.

Evidence continues to be provided that many schools have reserves which could be used for this. While the general teacher supply position is satisfactory, the re-emergence of past difficulties must be avoided.

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