Union seeks Pounds 31,000 for classroom teachers

18th September 1998 at 01:00
The National Union of Teachers is calling for a new salary structure which will enable all classroom teachers to earn up to Pounds 31,000 for professional development linked to nationally agreed targets.

The union's executive will make its recommendation to members attending a special salaries conference on September 26.

The proposed structure would give teachers Pounds 23,000 after five years' service and then extra for achieving competencies in classroom teaching or other skills. The proposal will be presented to the Government as part of its consultation on a Green Paper on the modernisation of the profession.

The proposal also rejects a direct link between pay and appraisal and performance- related pay based on results.

Doug McAvoy, general secretary, said: "Under the existing structure more than two-thirds of the profession have no prospect of earning more than Pounds 23,000. There is no encouragement for teachers to develop and extend their competencies and, in many cases, taking on additional responsibilities does not lead to any additional pay."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now