Pay incentives for new teachers

28th September 2001 at 01:00
I would like to set the record straight following the news story "Unions reeling from Estelle's pay gaffe" (TES, September 14).

Firstly, I did not tell BBC 1's Breakfast with Frost that I planned to ask the School Teachers' Review Body to consider reducing the time it takes for new teachers to reach the threshold from seven to five years.

The facts are that I have asked the STRB to look at incentives for teachers of three to eight years' experience.

Indeed, the STRB itself said in its previous report that it will be looking into this. I have not given any commitment on any measures.

Secondly, the Department for Education and Skills did not refuse to say what would be in the submission to the STRB.

We simply considered it courteous to submit the evidence to the STRB before it was given to The TES.

Estelle Morris

Education and Skills Secretary Sanctuary Buildings

Great Smith Street

Westminster

London

SW1

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