Government confirms teachers ‘biggest pay rise in 15 years’

The Government has announced that teachers are set to receive the “biggest pay rise in 15 years”.

It comes after the Government accepted “all recommendations” to award teachers with an overall 3.1 per cent increase in pay.

Under the changes, new teachers are set for the biggest change in pay, with a 5.5 per cent increase, while the upper and lower boundaries of pay ranges for all other teachers will increase by 2.75 per cent.

It means that new teacher salaries will start at £30,000 by 2022/23, while experienced teachers and headteachers will see an average pay rise of £1,250 and £1,970, respectively.

It is believed that funding to cover the pay and pension increases will be included in the national funding formula from 2021, rather than as separate grant funding as is the case currently.

Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, said: “We want to make teaching attractive to the most talented candidates by recognising the outstanding contribution teachers make to our society.

“This is why we are introducing the biggest pay rise the profession has seen since 2005, with above-inflation rises to the pay ranges for every single teacher in the country, ahead of introducing a £30,000 starting salary by 2022.

“Inspirational teachers change millions of lives by giving our children the drive and desire to learn, and reforms to teacher training, early career support and teachers’ pay are key to the Government’s plans to improve school standards.”

The news follows the recent confirmation that the Government will provide £320 million in funding through the PE and Sport Premium for schools in England for the 2020/21 academic year.