News | Published September 02 2019

Teaching salaries set to rise by £6000 by 2023

According to new government plans, the starting salaries of teachers could be set to rise by £6,000.

This follows the Sajid Javid’s pledge to invest an additional £400 million in further education directed at 16 to 19 year olds.

At present the average wage for a schoolteacher is £23,720, with those in inner London being paid £29,664. The raise would see salaries sit at around £30,000.

Joint general secretary of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted has supported the raise, stating that it was "fundamentally necessary" to encourage a sufficient number of graduates to choose teaching as a profession.

She continued "Teacher training targets have been missed for six years in a row, and this announcement may go some way to making teaching more attractive."

In spite of this raise, Dr Bousted recognised that it did little to encourage experienced teachers to remain in the profession, with just under half of teachers in England changing career within 10 years.

According to the Department of Education, the money invested in teaching will ensure that all teachers can receive a pay increase.

Gavin Williamson, Education secretary, stated "I want the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with biggest employers in the labour market and recruit the brightest and the best into teaching."

Prime minister, Boris Johnson, has promised an injection of £2.6 billion next year, with the sum to double the following year.

The prime minister has vowed to "ensure all young people get the best possible start in life. That means the right funding".

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
September 02 2019

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