Teachers to get 2.75% pay rise
Teachers and school leaders will receive a 2.75% pay rise next year after the government moved to accept recommendations from the annual School Teachers’ Review Body report.
The Department for Education has said it accepts the report “in full”, meaning that the average starting salary for teachers outside London will jump by £652, with those in the capital seeing an £816 rise.
Teachers at the upper end of the main pay range could see their pay increase by between £963 and £1,110 annually.
Former education secretary Damian Hinds also unveiled a £105 million funding package to be paid via the teachers’ pay grant, in addition to £321 million already committed to the 2019-2020 financial year.
Schools will continue to decide how staff are paid, although some of the latest increase may need to come from existing budgets.
The STRB report warned that rising pupil numbers, coupled with lower retention rates, is increasing demand for teachers – especially those working in secondary schools and teaching English Baccalaureate subjects.
It also states that competitive pay is required to overcome teacher supply issues in Britain, although schools are waiting for the outcomes of the next spending review to find out how much finance is likely to be available.
Mr Hinds said it is “vitally important” to make the pay framework more competitive and said he hopes the latest pay award will support the teacher recruitment and retention strategy.
“The strategy underpins the early career framework, which provides a fully funded two-year package of support for all early career teachers,” he added.
The education secretary explained that the pay rise is above the rate of inflation, meaning teachers will have “more money in their pockets”.
“If we want the best people working in our classrooms then it’s right that we ensure their salaries recognise the vital nature of their work and the potentially life changing impact they can have on the lives of our children,” Mr Hinds said.
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