Highlights of the week ending 14 July

With the summer break almost upon us, it has been a very busy week with announcements, research, and negotiations galore. Perhaps the biggest news was the Government’s acceptance of the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), giving teachers in England a pay award of 6.5%. Education unions will now put the offer to their members, with the recommendation that they accept the award and call off strike action. How this and the other public sector pay deals will be funded will remain an issue as departments have to pay a significant proportion from existing budgets. Earlier in the week, members of the NASUWT had voted for strike action. And NEFR and Gatsby put out research relating to pay and incentives.