Anger is rising in schools across England and Wales as thousands of teachers discover they are facing pay cuts of up to £10,000 a year under a new salary structure.
The government has told schools to overhaul staffing structures, which in some cases will mean teachers lose money as “management allowances” are scrapped.
Extra payments will focus on teaching roles, but staff may have to compete with colleagues for these — and they are not guaranteed to get the money. The management allowances range from £1,638 to £10,572.
The new teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments are payable at two levels — from £2,250 to £5,500 and from £6,500 to £11,000.
Teaching union activists in many schools argue that no member of staff should lose out in moving from the old system to the new.
It is not only members of the main teaching union, the NUT, who are arguing for action in schools where heads refuse a fair way of implementing the transition. There is also deep anger among many members of the NASUWT union, which has championed the new scheme as a sign of the success of its “partnership” with the government.
The deadline for schools to come up with the new structures is December for England and March 2006 for Wales.