School teachers’ pay award 2018-19: remit to the School
Teachers’ Review Body
The School Teachers’
Review Body (STRB) has today received its latest remit from the Secretary
of State for Education seeking recommendations on the 2018 pay award for
The letter reiterates the government’s “more flexible”
approach to public sector pay restraint and invites the STRB to consider how
the pay award should utilise this flexibility to address areas of skill
shortage and support productivity, whilst remaining “within the bounds of
In particular it is suggested that the STRB may wish to
focus on the early years of a teacher’s career to support recruitment and
retention within the profession.
Whilst this year’s remit is, again, restricted to the pay
award itself, the Secretary of State indicates that next year’s remit will be
wider, considering further reforms to the pay framework.
The STRB has been asked to report back by early May 2018.
As we have previously reported, the later deadline for the STRB’s
report will have a knock-on impact on the timescales for consultation. The
timetable has already been tight in recent years, with consultation on the
draft STPCD ongoing into the summer closure period. The government has warned
that this year the later timetable will likely result in a delay to
implementing the award.
the full letter to the STRB