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Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill
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“Devaluing teachers, devaluing education”: Bell highlights Tory pay cuts and broken promises on Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5, 2021 | Press Releases

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For immediate release – 5th May 2021

On Teacher Appreciation Week, Bell has highlighted the fact that 80,750 teachers across London are facing effective pay cuts due to the Government’s public sector pay freeze, with Labour Party analysis estimating that 1,073 teachers in Streatham will be impacted.

In March’s Budget, the Chancellor confirmed a ‘pay freeze’ for all public sector workers earning above £24,000 in 2021-22. Taking into account the impact of inflation over the next fiscal year, that means every non-NHS public sector worker earning over £18,000 will actually get a real-terms pay cut.

The Government has also pushed back its manifesto commitment to raise teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 back another year to 2023, despite the advice of its own education tsar.

The effective cut to teachers’ pay comes amid a looming recruitment and retention crisis in the profession, with one survey showing as many as 1 in 3 teachers are considering leaving in the next five years.

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour MP for Streatham said: 

“On Teacher Appreciation Week, I’d like to thank teachers and school staff in our area once again for their incredible effort and forbearance over the last year. 

“The Government has consistently failed to give our teachers the support they need during the pandemic. They are now making the already difficult task of getting education back on track even harder by expecting teachers to do more for less money.

“After a decade of pay cuts and unpopular changes, it’s no surprise many teachers are weighing up their position in the wake of the pandemic.

“It’s not just about the money either. A government that doesn’t value teachers, doesn’t value education or the opportunities it offers. The Tories have been devaluing teachers and devaluing education for too long.”


  1. Labour estimates, based on DfE data – School Workforce in England table tool – Headcount of all teachers – Total state-funded schools: (see table for London region below) 
  2. The lowest teacher pay point is for unqualified teachers, with a minimum of £18,169. Therefore all 501,000 teachers in state-funded schools are expected to experience a freeze or below-inflation pay rise. Note that this only directly applies to Local Authority Maintained Schools, although in practice other state-funded schools such as academies are expected to follow national pay policy. 
  3. DfE – School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2020 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions: 
  4. One in three teachers plan to quit, says National Education Union survey’, The Guardian (8th April 2021) 
  5. ‘Accelerate’ £30k teacher starting salary pledge, says government’s recovery tsar’Schools Week (22nd April 2021)
  6. Photo attached of Bell during recent visits to Iqra Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary.
Constituency Number of teachers affected 
Barking 1707 
Battersea 569  
Beckenham 1043  
Bermondsey and Old Southwark 1301  
Bethnal Green and Bow 1633  
Bexleyheath and Crayford 936  
Brent Central 940  
Brent North 1743  
Brentford and Isleworth 1286  
Bromley and Chislehurst 942  
Camberwell and Peckham 1204  
Carshalton and Wallington 1379  
Chelsea and Fulham 729  
Chingford and Woodford Green 955  
Chipping Barnet 1328  
Cities of London and Westminster 646  
Croydon Central 1150  
Croydon North 1293  
Croydon South 959  
Dagenham and Rainham 1240  
Dulwich and West Norwood 1044  
Ealing Central and Acton 645  
Ealing North 1451  
Ealing, Southall 1026  
East Ham 1770  
Edmonton 1307  
Eltham 1126  
Enfield North 1525  
Enfield, Southgate 741  
Erith and Thamesmead 1035  
Feltham and Heston 1413  
Finchley and Golders Green 1230  
Greenwich and Woolwich 1002  
Hackney North and Stoke Newington 1164 
Hackney South and Shoreditch 1255  
Hammersmith 912  
Hampstead and Kilburn 811  
Harrow East 1044  
Harrow West 916  
Hayes and Harlington 1120  
Hendon 1411  
Holborn and St Pancras 1120  
Hornchurch and Upminster 1238  
Hornsey and Wood Green 1314  
Ilford North 1357  
Ilford South 1541  
Islington North 771  
Islington South and Finsbury 797  
Kensington 681  
Kingston and Surbiton 1065 
Lewisham East 881 
Lewisham West and Penge 877 
Lewisham, Deptford 954 
Leyton and Wanstead 829 
Mitcham and Morden 780 
Old Bexley and Sidcup 864 
Orpington 852 
Poplar and Limehouse 1559 
Putney 791 
Richmond Park 1091 
Romford 839 
Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner 1128  
Streatham 1073 
Sutton and Cheam 1022 
Tooting 1029 
Tottenham 1086 
Twickenham 1095 
Uxbridge and South Ruislip 1165 
Vauxhall 765 
Walthamstow 1242 
West Ham 2295 
Westminster North 929 
Wimbledon 918 

For further information about this press release, please contact Ollie Collard, Communications Officer, Office of Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP at