Accepting all of the recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body, the Department for Education (DfE) has today (22 July) announced a raise to the upper and lower boundaries across all teacher pay ranges by 2.75%.
This is an above inflation pay rise equivalent to a £1,000 increase to average classroom teacher pay and a £1,620 increase in the average pay of school leaders, according to the DfE.
In its evidence to the STRB in January, the DfE assessed that schools could afford to pay a 2% increase, and so schools will need to cover the first 2% of the raise. The DfE are providing an additional £105m to be paid through the teachers’ pay grant, on top of the £321m already committed for the 2019-20 financial year to cover the difference between the pay award and the amount the DfE assume schools have budgeted for. 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 2019 NGA submitted recommendations to the STRB and you can read our submission in full here.
Commenting on the news, Steve Edmonds, NGA’s director of advice and guidance said:
“NGA welcomes a pay increase that is above inflation however it is difficult to see how an increase of 2.75% will make a significant difference to teacher recruitment and retention given the current shortage of teachers and the issues relating to workload. Almost half of those responding to our annual governance survey in 2018 reported difficulty attracting good candidates when recruiting to teaching posts.
“Of greater concern is the government stating that the first 2% of the award will have to come from existing school budgets. School budgets are already under severe strain due to historic underfunding, these problems have grown year on year and are now widespread across the country. Governors and trustees are telling us that they are unable to manage current funding pressures without any adverse impact on the quality of education provided. NGA is just one of many organisations campaigning for the overall size of the school budgets to be increased to ensure that children and young people receive the standard of education they deserve.”