Isle of Man headteachers vote on wage offer – Energy FM

Thu Jan 27, 2022

Headteachers will meet privately tonight to vote on a new salary offer.

Members of school leaders’ union NAHT will vote on a new pay deal – the result of negotiations with the Department for Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) after Westminster’s decision to freeze the salaries of teachers and teachers leaders for another year in England.

Rob Kelsall, national secretary of the head teachers’ union NAHT, said: “The Westminster government’s failure to raise teachers’ salaries for the coming year is a slap in the face to those who have kept our schools open during the lockdown. pandemic We are delighted that the Isle of Man Government is taking a different approach, but the offer falls far short of our original claim of investment in the profession and does not meet the immediate and unprecedented workload demands which have been imposed on teachers as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.

“With the historical legacy of underfunding teachers’ salaries, a growing recruitment crisis and rampant inflation, it is clear that the department must seek additional investment from the Treasury. It is not enough that investment has been found within the existing DESC budget As we emerge from the pandemic, governments of all nations must prioritize investments in education The schools of today are the national economy of tomorrow.

“The future of the Isle of Man economy depends on the quality of our education system and the level of investment in those who run schools and teach our children. Education is an investment, not just in the chances of our children, but in the future of the island.”

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