minister David Miliband today gave evidence to the School Teachers'
Review Body in which they set out plans for financial stability for
Mr Clarke said that key to the stability
of schools was an inflation rate pay deal for two and a half years.
The government had ended the times when teachers were underpaid and
undervalued, he said. Salaries have risen substantially - since 1997
teachers' pay has increased in real terms by 13%.
Mr Clarke made clear that it is right that teachers' salaries
maintain their value. But he said that the overall pay bill has to be
Mr Clarke reiterated the two main goals of financial stability and
financial certainty that were set out when he wrote to the STRB in
- Settlement at the level of inflation, to ensure pay increases are
affordable for schools;
- Multi-year pay settlement is essential;
- Early announcement of the pay deal in November 2003, instead of
January 2004. This will give headteachers more time to plan their
- Rewarding excellent teaching, but in a way that is linked to
affordability. This will involve new criteria for performance pay
for experienced teachers and greater responsibility for
headteachers and governors in managing performance pay.
Mr Clarke said:
'Teachers are central to raising standards but were undervalued for
far too long. We are proud of the investment we have made in teaching
'We are now seeing the benefits of this investment. There are almost
25,000 more teachers in schools than in 1997. We have more teachers
than at any time since the early 1980s.
'We are getting more and better teachers into classrooms. A record
24,500 graduates have accepted teacher training places for this
autumn. That's over 3,000 more than this time last year whilst in
1996 fewer than 18,000 graduate s accepted places on teacher training
'Ofsted recently told us that our teachers are the best we have ever
had - a cause for celebration.
'We firmly believe that teachers' pay should keep its value. To
ensure stability for schools the settlement should be at the rate of
'In the summer we set out the framework to the funding system for the
next two years and now believe the STRB must give schools the tools
to plan and manage their budgets. That means reform of the way in
which pay deals are set.
'I repeat last year's call for a multi-year award. It is vital we do
everything in our power to give head teachers the tools to plan
'I would also like to see an early announcement of the deal. We have
argued for a date in November this year, not next January. This will
give heads valuable financial stability and certainty in planning
This Press Notice applies to England.
1. The pay and conditions of teachers in England and Wales are set in
legislation and are based on the recommendations of the independent
School Teachers' Review Body (STRB). Current members are CHAIR: Bill
Cockburn MEMBERS Rodney East; Ros Gardner; Mark Goodridge; Dr Bleddyn
Bryn Roberts; John Singh; and Josephine Stephens.
2. Today's oral evidence by Mr Clarke
and Mr Miliband, follows
written evidence presented to the STRB in July 2003. The STRB will
also take both written and oral evidence from other key stakeholders
- teacher unions, local authority employer representatives, governing
body representatives etc. to inform their recommendations.
3. When the secretary of state receives the STRB's report he will
consult key stakeholders on its recommendations, and his response to
it, before any changes are incorporated into legislation. The
Government has undertaken to implement the recommendations of all pay
review bodies unless there are clear and compelling reasons to t he