Teachers’ pay in England and Wales is to be held down for another year with increases restricted by the 1% public sector pay cap, the government has confirmed.

Responding to a report by the teachers’ pay review body, the government said it recognised the hard work of teachers but said pay increases would be in line with the 1% public sector pay policy.

“We recognise and value the hard work of teachers which is why we have accepted the pay deal proposed by the independent School Teachers’ Review Body, in line with the 1% public sector pay policy,” a Department for Education spokesperson said.

“This will ensure we continue to strike the balance between being fair to public sector workers and fair to taxpayers.”

The government has come under increasing pressure to relax the 1% pay cap that has been placed on teachers’ pay until 2020, particularly since the general election when education and schools funding became a key issue on the doorstep.