Schools to be ‘named and shamed’ over unfair pay practices

Academy trusts, schools and councils will be “named and shamed” over “unreasonable and unfair” pay policies, the National Union of Teachers has ruled.

The NUT has just passed a motion on teacher pay which instructs the union’s executive to “target” employers which don’t pay fairly, and name and shame them “where necessary”.

It is not yet known what platforms the union will use to name and shame schools.

The motion also calls for a ballot over strike action if talks with the government over pay fail. The union wants to see an end to the pay freeze and the restoration of national pay bargaining, mandatory pay scales and the scrapping of performance-related pay.

An amendment to the motion which will see members campaign on housing affordability issues also passed.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “Schools are already finding it impossible to attract staff, vacancies remain unfilled, and teachers are having to take classes for which they do not have the subject specialisation.”


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  1. GCross

    I’m in my 16th year of teaching in an outstanding school (it’s had this rating three times from Ofsted) and unfortunately I can only achieve the % increase that comes from the government as our school is the lowest funded in our authority. When I attend courses and chat to colleagues, I’m earning £6,000 less per year in some cases because our school does not have funding to pay me or the other staff any more money. This is not about me being greedy, this is about people (teachers and children) being given FAIR opportunities. The system needs changing! For example, our children have to make do with an iPad between 2 once a week. How can it be fair to give some schools the option to spend money so that EVERY child has these opportunities yet in other schools children have to share? Budgets should be equal, pay should be equal! I am part of a great team who do not do the job for money as we certainly don’t get the benefits of many other teachers in the same education authority. Our children are also given much less per head compared to schools down the road. How can this be right?

  2. ThePlace

    When a head takes a school from “good” to “requires improvement” for leadership and pupil outcomes and gets a raise for doing so something is very wrong unless it’s an academy. Making more than the PM and hardly seen at the school because of other commitments, as long as he’s all right jack, it’s a wonderful life?
    The salary is not the issue if pupils flourish and teachers benefit. Governors at fault for approving it. But that’s another story