Concerns raised over how Portsmouth schools will cope with teachers' pay rises
PORTSMOUTH'SÂ educationalists and teaching unions have expressed concerns aboutÂ how the proposed pay rise for teachersÂ is to be funded.
Whilst welcoming any increase in pay above the previous one percentÂ the concern isÂ that salary increases willÂ need to be funded from already diminished education budgets.
National Education Union Vice President Amanda Martin said: '˜There is no funding from the Treasury.Â They have simply asked the Department for Education to take it out of their existing budget at a time when we know there is already a funding crisis.'
Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Education, Suzy Horton, believes already overstretchedÂ schools will ultimately end up suffering.
'˜If the DFE are having to fund it without additional investment then you'reÂ taking money out of an already under resourced pot. This money willÂ have to be cut from elsewhere in the education budget which will inevitably have ramifications for other aspects of school funding.'Â
At a time when Portsmouth schoolsÂ areÂ struggling with budgetary constraints, headteachers, whilst universally supportive of a teaching pay rise, are adamant of the need for it to be TreasuryÂ funded.
One headteacher claimed without such measures the unions' request of a fiveÂ percent increase would '˜cripple' schools.
With a reported 60 percent of teachersÂ ineligible for the 3.5 percent rise Ms Horton believes theÂ proposal is divisive and will failÂ to alleviate the regions recruitment crisis.
'˜They have awarded 3.5 percent to some teachersÂ and then said '˜by the way pay for it fromÂ your own budget,'Â explained Ms Horton.'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹