Government confirms teacher pay rises for 2020-2021


Starting salaries for new teachers are set to jump by 5.5% ahead of the next academic year, with pay for all other teachers also rising by 2.75%, the government has confirmed.

In what the Department for Education has called the biggest teacher pay rise for 15 years, it equates to a 3.1% increase to overall teaching bill for England.

The rise comes as the department accepted all recommendations from the School Teachers’ Review Body – an independent body required to make recommendations on teacher pay, work times and professional duties.

Both the upper and lower boundaries of the pay ranges for teaching staff are to rise with the increase funded by schools.

An additional £2.6 billion in funding was committed to the schools budget for 2020-2021 by the government in the summer of 2019, to cover the pay rises.

What does it mean for teacher pay?

Those starting life as a teacher can now expect to earn up to £1,677 more per year, although it does depend on their locations.

The salary for a newly qualified teacher in London will be £32,157 in 2020-2021, with teachers outside of the capital set to earn £25,714.

Classroom teachers can expect to earn an additional £1,250, with headteachers earning an extra £1,970 annually on average.

Experienced teachers from the upper pay range stand to earn between £1,114 and £1,365 more per year, although this is, again, dependent on where they are teaching.

A pathway of pay progression for teachers

One of the principal recommendations from the STRB was to introduce advisory pay points for those on the main and upper pay scales in a bid to boost teacher recruitment and retention.

According to the government, such a move will outline a “possible pathway of pay progression through which teachers can be recognised and rewarded as they build their expertise in the classroom”.

Meanwhile, the rise in starting salaries represents a step in the government’s wider plan for all new teachers to earn £30,000 in their first year by 2022.

However, the STRB has also warned that a failure by the government to increase pay for experienced teachers could have an impact on staff retention in the long term.

While the body recognised that experienced staff often have a range of reasons for leaving the profession, it suggested that greater pay rises could provide a major boost to staff motivation.

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