Teachers’ pay rises should be capped at an average of 1 per cent next year, the government has recommended. And it asks the STRB to consider whether teachers could "move down from the upper pay range to the main pay range" to allow schools more flexibility. Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, said: “The government has completely ignored the mounting evidence of teacher shortages in its remit to the STRB. “We are already failing to meet our targets for recruiting new teachers. Retention is also in crisis, with more than half of teachers thinking of leaving teaching. “The government’s response is to threaten more pay restraint, pegging pay increases at a maximum of 1 per cent and depriving many teachers of any pay rise at all. “Unless the government changes course on teachers’ pay, it is going to make the teacher recruitment and retention crisis even worse.” https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/ministers-want-teacher-pay-rises-capped-1-cent They really don't get it, do they?!