Proposals that would see new teachers earning £30,000 aim to recognise teaching as the high-value, prestigious profession it is, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has suggested.

Announcing that he intends to see the starting salary rise to £30,000 by 2022-23, Mr Williamson said that he wants schools to recruit the brightest and best talent into teaching.

The proposed move would make starting salaries for teachers among the most competitive in the graduate labour market, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed.

Mr Williamson set out his proposal to increase teachers’ starting salaries in a letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), in which he asked for its recommendations on raising the starting salaries of new teachers and also on next year’s pay award.

The Education Secretary has said he will also seek recommendations on additional pay reforms, including the introduction of progression points in pay.

From September 2019, the Government will be fully funding increased contributions to the Teacher’s Pension Scheme, with teachers in England therefore receiving an annual employer contribution of 23.6% towards their pensions.

Mr Williamson has also confirmed that a group of Ambassador Schools will be established to champion flexible working for teachers.

The group will, he said, be responsible for sharing good practice on how to successfully implement flexible working in schools, utilising case studies and practical resources for teachers and school leaders.

“We know that those leaving the profession often cite the lack of flexible working opportunities as a reason for doing so,” Mr Williamson said. “Other sectors have embraced flexible working and the benefits it provides, and I want to see the same in schools.”

The new Ambassador Schools will, he added, break down the barriers and show schools that are nervous about flexible working not only that it can be done, but that it can change their school for the better.

Last reviewed 18 September 2019