Teacher starting salaries to reach £30,000 by 2022

2019-09-03

Teacher starting pay will jump by 25% across the next three years, as part of the biggest overhaul to teacher pay in a generation.


Starting salaries will rise by up to £6,000 by 2022 to £30,000 as the government bids to make the sector more competitive.


The news will come as a welcome boost to those considering a career in teaching, with the increases coming from a £7.1 billion budget hike announced in late August.


That pledge saw £2.6 billion committed to the schools budget in 2020-2021, with a further £2.2 billion and £2.3 billion guaranteed for the two years that follow.


In addition to the teacher pay announcement, the government has also unveiled plans to have ‘advisory pay progression points’ for classroom teachers that apply to those on the main and upper pay ranges.


These advisory points will help to provide a progression pathway for teachers and should ultimately help schools to reward good performance.


Education secretary Gavin Williamson said he wants the value of teaching to be recognised and said the government will back teachers by ensuring they have “rewarding starting salaries”.


“I want the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with the biggest employers in the labour market and recruit the brightest and best into teaching,” he said.


The government believes that the move will make teacher starting salaries among the most competitive in the graduate labour market.


Incremental increases to the minimum salary will take place until it reaches the £30,000 figure – a significant rise on the current starting salary of around £24,000 outside of London.


It’s important to note that although teachers in London already get paid nearly £30,000 as a result of London weighting, the increase will be an addition to it, so they too will see a pay boost.


Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) union, welcomed the move to make pay more competitive but warned that all measures need to be fully funded by the government.


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