Teachers' starting salaries could rise to £30,000
2 September 2019, 16:58 | Updated: 2 September 2019, 17:15
Salaries for new teachers are set to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23, under government plans to try and attract more graduates into the profession.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced plans for what could be the biggest reform to teacher pay in a generation.
Currently the minimum salary for teachers in England and Wales, excluding London, is £23,720.
The minimum for inner London is £29,664.
The move to increase pay by up to £6,000 would make starting salaries for teachers among the most competitive in the graduate labour market.
Mr Williamson underlined his determination to recognise teaching as a high-value, prestigious profession saying: “Teachers truly are the lifeblood of a school and I have been instantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and hard work that I have seen from those at the front of our classrooms.”
Unions say the increase is long overdue, and necessary, to attract enough graduates into the profession.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: "Teacher training targets have been missed for six years in a row, and this announcement may go some way to making teaching more attractive.”
But Dr Bousted also pointed out that schools need experienced, as well as beginner teachers.
She asked: “What is the government proposing for those who remain in the profession, taking on more responsibilities as they gain experience? "This is a key issue. England has one of the worst teacher retention rates in the OECD with almost half of teachers leaving within 10 years - taking with them vast amounts of knowledge and experience. "
The government has promised a multi-billion pound cash boost for schools in England over the next three years, while Chancellor Sajid Javid also pledged to invest an extra £400m into further education for 16 to 19-year-olds.