Spring term strikes loom as education unions issue ballots for industrial action

The prospect of mass teacher walk-outs during the spring term is a step closer after the two largest teaching unions launched formal ballots over pay. It comes as primary school leaders could also be taking to the picket lines.

The National Education Union (NEU), NASUWT, and National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) have all announced their announced intention to ballot members.

It comes as the Department for Education confirmed this year’s teacher pay awards (DfE, 2022; STRB, 2022).

It means school leaders and experienced teachers (M6, U1, U2, U3) will see a 5% increase from September 2022. Rises will be higher for newer teachers, with an 8.9% rise for M1 tapering down to a 5.5% rise for M5.

However, with RPI inflation running at more than 12% and CPI running at more than 10%, teaching staff are feeling the squeeze.

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