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FEARS OF TEACHER EXODUS FOLLOWING 1.5% PAY RISE LIMIT

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The chairman of the School Teachers' Review Body Sir Graham Day warned this week that any upturn in the economy cou...
The chairman of the School Teachers' Review Body Sir Graham Day warned this week that any upturn in the economy could lead to teacher shortages as they migrate to better paid jobs, the Times Educational Supplement reports (p1).

Stressing a key message in the review body's report last week, Sir Graham said: 'Despite the recent increase in entrants to the profession the situation is still finely balanced'.

His comments come in a week when City analysts warned the average 1.5% pay increase for teachers put them in a worse position than many other professionals.

Sir Graham also called for changes to schools funding arrangements which would make the use of government money more explicit to parents and teachers, as the review body has recommended.

He said the situation varied greatly between local education authorities and warned that if the pay and conditions recommended by the review body are to be delivered, funding must be made available to schools.

Extended reports inside the supplement (pp10-17) examine the review body's recommendations and reaction from unions and others.

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