Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has put forward proposals for the biggest sustained salary increase for teachers since 2015.
The Department for Education has outlined its plans to the Schools Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) for teaching starting salaries to be a minimum of £26 000 outside of London, and between £30 000 to £32 000 in the Capital.
If the proposals are accepted, salaries will increase from September 2020 - up 6.7% for new teachers - expecting to see over 1000 extra teachers retained by 2022/23.
The pay changes will be funded by part of the Governments £14 billion investment in education over the next three years. The rest of the £14 billion will go towards ensuring that every child gets the best possible education with funding directed to other resources and activities.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“We want to make teaching attractive to the most talented graduates by recognising the prestige that we as a society place on the profession.
“We have set out proposals to significantly raise starting salaries for new teachers to £26,000 next year, rising to £30,000 by September 2022, alongside above-inflation pay increases for senior teachers and school leaders. These mark the biggest reform to teacher pay in a generation.”
However, the pay changes today are not only benefitting early career teachers as experienced teachers, head teachers and school leaders will also see an above inflation pay rise of 2.5%.
Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, commented:
“From frequent visits across the Gosport Constituency to local schools and with head teachers and governing bodies, I know how hard our teachers work and the inspiring impact they have on our children.
“Equally, I know that schools across the board have been facing increasing amounts of pressure. I am hopeful that the announcement today will not only help our amazing existing teachers, but encourage more to join this rewarding career path.”