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Teachers pay rises too generous?

Teachers pay rises too generous?

A claim that teachers do not deserve a big pay hike because they have already seen "generous" salary increases has been labelled "complete nonsense" by education unions. 

In a report published today, the Taxpayers' Alliance argues that teachers should not receive a significant rise because their average salary of £38,400 a year is "considerably higher" than the UK average of £28,600. 

The pressure group says that "top" teachers can earn more than £67,300 a year, and also claims there has been a "huge increase" in per-pupil funding since 1997.

According to the group, teachers' gross pay increased by 1.6 per cent in 2016-17, but when progression was taken into account this increased to 4.6 per cent in England.

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