Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


02 OCT 2018

Teacher's Pay

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about teacher's pay.

I understand your concern on this matter and I hope the following information on this topic from the Department of Education is of interest:

Teachers are dedicated professionals who work hard every day educating the next generation. The Department for Education has accepted the recommendations of the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) to increase the minimum and maximum of the main pay range for teachers by 3.5 per cent and by 2 percent for teachers on the upper pay range.
The STRB is an independent pay review body that considers evidence from the Department for Education and other stakeholders such as the teacher unions. The Government lifted the 1 per cent pay cap but still had to make sure we could pay for the final settlement. Following the STRB recommendation, Ministers focussed the resources they have on teachers in classrooms. These changes will mean classroom teachers on the main pay range could receive a pay rise between £803 and £1,366. Teachers on the upper pay range could also receive a pay increase of two per cent and 1.5 per cent for those in leadership positions.
It is up to schools themselves to determine how much their staff are paid, but the increases in pay will be funded by a new teachers' pay grant worth £187 million in 2018 to 2019 and £321 million in 2019 and 2020. This will be paid to all schools on top of their core budgets from the National Funding Formula. While this pay rise will help us retain teachers, salaries for new teachers will also increase by between £803 and £1004, helping to recruit a new generation of brilliant teachers.

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