More than raising salaries needed to help our teachers

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Plaid’s Sian Gwenllian calls for ‘purposeful long-term plan’ to recruit and retain teachers

Plaid Cymru’s Sian Gwenllian AM and shadow minister for education has said that more must be done to help Wales’ teachers than raising their salaries.

Ms Gwenllian was referring to the proposal announced today by the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, to increase pay for newly qualified school teachers by 5 per cent from September, as well as an increase of 2.75 per cent for all other school teachers.  The announcement comes on the same day as the publication of the first report of the new Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB), which provided recommendations for teachers’ pay and conditions from September 2019, following the devolution of powers over teachers’ pay and conditions last year. 

Contrasting the rise in teachers’ salaries with decreasing school budgets, Plaid Cymru’s shadow minister for education, Sian Gwenllian AM said that whilst a rise in teacher’s wages is ‘to be welcomed’ more must be done to recognise the ‘important work done by our teachers’ -  including a long-term plan for teacher’s recruitment and retention and tackling the school funding crisis.

Plaid Cymru’s Sian Gwenllian AM and shadow minister for education said,

“Teachers wages may be rising on the one hand, but cuts to school budgets continue to bite on the other. Far too many of our most experienced teachers are being made redundant as schools are forced to operate on an increasingly smaller budget.

“The pay increases are to be welcomed but much more needs to be done than simply raising salaries to recognise the important work done by our teachers. We need a purposeful, long-term plan for the recruitment and retention of teacher, a reduction in bureaucratic paperwork and a review of every external body that teachers must report too as there is currently far too much duplication and unnecessary reporting.

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