Commenting on the publication of the OECD’s Education at a Glance report, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers Union, said:

“The damaging impact of the Government’s public sector pay cap is confirmed in this report which identifies England is one of the few countries where teachers’ salaries have declined since 2013.

“The OECD report provides further evidence that low pay and excessive workload are key factors driving the teacher recruitment and retention crisis in the UK.

“Teachers have found that their pay has simply not kept pace with inflation, with a cumulative average salary loss of 15% since 2011.

“The Government’s policy to depress teachers’ pay is forcing many to take on a second job or use credit cards and payday loans in order to make ends meet.

“The OECD report also suggests that the UK’s deepening teacher recruitment and retention crisis is affected by excessive workload pressures and stress which has driven many teachers out of the profession due to burnout, ill health and lack of access to flexible working.

“The OECD report highlights that strong and high-quality education systems are built on foundations of valuing, supporting and investing in the teaching workforce. Without action to tackle the factors driving teachers out of the profession, the UK will not be able to sustain the world-class education system needed to compete with the rest of the world.”


Commenting on the National Audit Office’s report Retaining and Developing the Teaching Workforce, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The National Audit Office is just the latest body to warn of the deep teacher recruitment and retention crisis which this Government has created and to highlight the lack of effective action by ministers to address it.

“In order to recruit sufficient numbers of high-quality teachers and retain existing professionals in the classroom, the Department for Education should be focusing its efforts on driving down excessive teacher workload and reforming the high-stakes accountability system which drives much of the necessary bureaucracy which teachers are facing.

“The Government must also heed the growing pressure its public sector pay cap is having on recruitment and retention and act urgently to remove the unacceptable pay cap and restore salaries to levels which are competitive with other graduate professions and which reflect the high level of knowledge and skill which teaching demands.”