The British government should be “as generous as it can” according to Nick Clegg, who recently offered top performing teachers a 2% pay rise without any additional funds towards the educational budget. So where is this money going to come from?
With an ever nearing election, the public sector are a hot topic, pushing government parties into making promises in order to restore faith. The BBC reports that Nick Clegg recently stated that the government should be “as generous as it can” to public sector workers. He plans to do this by giving schools the chance to increase the salaries of the top performing teachers in England and Wales by 2%. According to the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan this is possible because of the ‘strong British economy’… yet the education budget remains frozen?
These promises have been made in challenging times for schools who have minimal budgets and face the prospect of increasing pupil numbers. Some would say it’s a desperate attempt by the government to drive more people towards teaching. So who is actually eligible for this extra tier of pay, and with the educational budget frozen, where is this money going to come from? This means surely only one thing – cuts in other areas. The important question that needs to be answered is where can schools afford to make these cuts in order to carry this out and overall, is this really going to help the school and the staff?
The government are giving schools the choice of whether or not to carry out salary increases and whom is deemed worthy. It could be construed that the government is trying to put the responsibility on the schools’ shoulders instead of themselves. This now puts added pressures on schools with tight budgets risking further cuts to keep their best teachers happy or risk losing them to maintain the smooth running of the school.
What do you think about this? Would you rather a salary increase that could force potential cuts around the school? Should Clegg be able to offer such promises with a fixed educational budget? Would you like to see similar proposals from Cameron and Miliband? Have your say.