New pay scale for teachers among “most competitive in labour market”

Teachers will receive one of the highest starting salaries among public sector workers from September 2022, the Government has confirmed.

According to the proposals put forward by the Department for Education (DfE), teacher starting salaries will rise to £26,000 this September, and to £30,000 within three years.

The move has been described by policymakers as the “biggest sustained uplift to their pay ranges since 2005”.

Experienced teachers, heads and school leaders, meanwhile, will see an above-inflation pay rise of 2.5 per cent across all pay scales in a bid to “raise the attractiveness” of the whole profession.

Commenting on the plans, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the pay offer for teachers is “amongst the most competitive in the graduate labour market”.

“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.”

The proposals come after research revealed that teachers were leaving the profession at an alarming rate.  According to the survey, published by the National Education Union (NEU), 70 per cent of teachers are considering leaving the teaching profession due to poor levels of pay or dissatisfaction with the performance-related pay (PRP) system.

Likewise, almost eight in 10 (79 per cent) believe that their pay was less or significantly less than what they would expect given their job weight, role and responsibilities. And worryingly, 92 per cent of those denied progression up their pay scale said they had been given no indication during the year that they were not meeting the standards for progression.

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