Calls for National Commission on pay as teachers voice fears over personal finances

There are renewed calls this week for a National Commission on teachers’ pay to be established by the new government.
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It comes as a study involving 10,500 teachers found that the vast majority are worried about their personal finances – with 1 in 10 admitting to taking on second jobs to make ends meet.

The aim is that a National Commission on pay could raise the status of teaching, restore salary competitiveness, and improve teacher recruitment and retention.

The idea was floated earlier this year by the NASUWT, which said it could “restore the independence of the pay review body process”.

The National Education Union is also lobbying for the creation of a national commission "as a means of achieving a longer-term pay correction".

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