In May, a report from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) was submitted to the Department for Education (DfE). Today the government has announced that in 2018-19 a 3.5% rise will apply to the main pay range for classroom teachers, a 2% rise will apply to the upper pay band for teachers and a 1.5% rise will apply for school leaders.
To cover the increases in pay at school level, the DfE will provide a teachers’ pay grant of £187 million in 2018-19 and £321 million to all schools in England in 2019-20. This will cover the difference between the pay award and the cost of the 1% award that schools would have expected under the previous public sector pay cap. No additional money from the Treasury has been announced and the increase in pay will be funded from within the existing DfE budget.
In January 2018 NGA submitted recommendations to the STRB which outlined that any uplift to teacher pay must be fully funded as school budgets are already under considerable pressure. You can read our submission in full here.
Commenting on the news, deputy chief executive Gillian Allcroft said:
“NGA are delighted that the government has announced a 3.5% uplift to the main range for teachers and that this award will be largely funded at school level by a teachers’ pay grant. Teachers in our schools thoroughly deserve this reward and recognition of the difficult but wonderful job they do. NGA argued this should be a cost of living rise across the board and while recognising that government has provided additional funding we are disappointed that teachers on the upper and leadership ranges will get a lower rise.
Governing boards have to balance budgets for schools and academy trusts and will be relieved to be able to increase teachers' pay without having to compensate by cutting other expenditure. However, it is currently unclear from where within the DfE budget the teachers’ pay grant will come from and NGA will seek further clarity on this issue.”