Teacher Shortages

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education 12:00 am, 11th September 2017

My hon. Friend Jeff Smith made a very good point, and the School Teachers Review Body, the Education Select Committee and the Secretary of State’s predecessor have all said that pay has contributed to the crisis in teacher recruitment, but—notably—not the Prime Minister. Last week, our research showed that the Government’s freeze and cap on public sector pay has left the average teacher more than £5,000 a year worse off. Will the Secretary of State get the cap lifted for schools or is she telling us that nothing has changed?