Teacher pay rise: What today's deal could mean for you

How much extra should you receive in your pay packet next school year? Here are the key facts and figures

The government has announced that teachers should get a 2.75 per cent pay increase in 2019-20

A new teachers’ pay deal was announced today that will increase pay for all teachers and school leaders by 2.75 per cent from September.

In awarding the rise, the Department for Education accepted recommendations by the independent pay review body, the School Teachers' Review Body, which has identified a "decade of decline" in teacher pay and says that immediate action is needed to improve pay to prevent "further deterioration in teacher supply".

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Here are the key figures from the DfE on what the pay rise should mean for you:

  • Minimum starting salaries for classroom teachers will increase by between £653 (England outside London) and £816 (inner London);

  • This means the minimum starting salary for a qualified teacher in 2019-20 will rise from £23,720 to £24,373 outside of London and from £29,664 to £30,480 in inner London;

  • Classroom teachers at the top of the main pay range could see an increase of between £963 and £1,111, taking their salaries to a possible £35,971 (England outside London) and £41,483 (inner London);

  • More experienced classroom teachers at the higher end of the upper pay range could receive an increase between £1,084 and £1,327, meaning that they could earn up to £40,490 (England outside London) and £49,571 (inner London);

  • Those on the top of the leadership pay range could see an increase between £3,053 and £3,259, meaning they could earn up to £114,060 (England outside London) and £121,749 (inner London);

  • The DfE says average gross pay for classroom teachers in November 2018 was already £36,200 and £58,900 for "leadership teachers".

Better pay 'could stop teachers leaving'

The STRB's analysis found a “continuous increase” in teachers leaving the profession in the early years of their careers and stated that without action this year to improve the competitiveness of the teachers’ pay framework there will be further deterioration in teacher supply. The report states:

  • Between 2011 and 2017, the percentage of teachers leaving within three years’ service increased from 20 per cent to 27 per cent;

  • The percentage leaving within their first five years increased from 27 per cent to 33 per cent over the same period.



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Dave Speck

Dave Speck is a reporter at Tes

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