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5% pay rise demanded for teachers.

5% pay rise demanded for teachers.

Teachers should receive an immediate 5% pay rise, education trade unions said on Tuesday.

In a letter to  Education Secretary Justine Greening, the unions warned restricting pay had reduced the supply of teachers and pay levels had fallen behind other graduate professions.

The letter, signed by The Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of HeadTeachers, the National Education Union, UCAC, and Voice, said: "After seven years of real terms cuts in the value of pay due to the Government's public sector pay policy, we believe that a significant pay increase is now required for all teachers and school leaders.

"The situation is now so critical that it requires firm and decisive action. In order to support and secure recruitment and retention, teachers' pay levels must be restored at least to the levels that existed before the start of pay restraint in 2010.

"We believe that teachers must be given an immediate pay rise of 5% in 2018 as a step towards this.

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