Last reviewed 31 July 2023
The Government has accepted all the recommendations set out by the independent body advising on teacher pay and said that this will mean the highest award for teachers for 30 years.
The Schools Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) recommended a pay award of 6.5% across all pay scales, which has been accepted in full by the Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan. This comes on top of the record pay rise in 2022/23 of 5.4% on average, meaning that, over two years, teacher pay is increasing by more than 12% on average.
The Government has also highlighted that the award will boost starting salaries for new teachers to at least £30,000 across the country — meaning an increase of up to 7.1%.
“The way school teachers’ salaries work,” it explained, “means that each year around 40% of them progress up a scale to the next pay point. This means that these teachers will see even greater increases in their salary this year of at least 10% and up to 17.4%.”
The Department for Education (DfE) has provide a calculator, which can be found at GOV.UK, to help teachers to work out what the award could mean for their salary based on current pay.
The Government said that it has listened to schools and headteachers, and additional funding has been announced that will fund the full cost of the award above 3.5%, nationally. This is in recognition of the fact that many schools budgeted for a 3.5% pay increase.
“We calculated that, on average, schools can afford a 4% pay award from existing budgets, following the £2 billion announced in the Autumn statement,” it went on. “So the additional funding to support this pay award is higher and more generous than what our calculations tell us schools can afford.”
To ensure teaching remains an attractive career, the Government has also decoded to convene a workload reduction taskforce to explore how it can go further to support school and trust leaders to minimise workload.
It is “setting an ambition” to reduce teacher and leader workload by five hours per week.