"More flexibility" over school teachers' 2018-19 pay award
The chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, has written to the Chair of the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) setting out the government's broad intentions with regard to the 2018-19 pay round.
Significantly, but in line with other recent announcements, the letter states that, whilst there is a need for ongoing pay discipline, the government recognises that more flexibility may be required, particularly in areas of skill shortage, "to deliver world class public services including in return for improvements to public sector productivity." This means that the STRB will not be constrained by the average 1% pay cap as it has been in recent years.
However due to the annual budget moving to the autumn, the DfE's evidence to the STRB is not likely to be received until December (rather than September). This will have a knock-on impact on when the STRB can report back and may well mean that the final 2018-19 pay award is delayed to the extent that it will have to be backdated.