Education Secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed an investment of £508 million to fully fund the deal which means the main pay range for classroom teachers will increase by 3.5 per cent.
Responding to recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:
There are no great schools without great teachers and I want us to recruit and retain brilliant teachers who
are fairly rewarded for the vital work they do.
Today we are announcing a fully funded pay rise of up to 3.5% - or between £800 and £1,366 – for classroom
teachers on the main pay range, 2% for those on the upper pay range and 1.5% for those in leadership
This will mean that teaching continues to be a competitively rewarded career, and I will continue to work with
the profession, Ofsted and the unions on issues like excessive workload, professional development and
flexible working, to make sure teaching remains an attractive, fulfilling profession.
Schools will continue to determine how their staff are paid but the increases above will be funded by government with a new teachers’ pay grant – worth £187 million in 2018/19 and £321 million in 2019/20 from the existing Department for Education budget – paid to all schools on top of their core budgets from the National Funding Formula, which has also been confirmed today.
In cash terms, teachers could receive a boost of between £1,184 and £1,366 to their salary, while salaries for new teachers will increase by between £802 and £1003.
The announcement comes as the government announces the biggest pay rise in almost 10 years for around one million public sector workers across Britain – the result of the government’s balanced approach to the economy, reducing debt while investing in public services.
The average gross pay for a teacher in 2017 was £38,700. The starting salary for a teacher is £22,917 outside of London and £28,660 in inner London. In addition to an annual pay award, many teachers also receive increases from promotions and responsibility allowances.