Teachers to gain 5% pay rise over two years

Teachers’ pay is set to rise, following recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) published today.

Education and skills secretary Ruth Kelly announced that teachers will receive a 2.5% pay increase from September 2006, with an additional increase of 2.5% from September 2007. Kelly also said there will be further proposals for reform of teachers’ pay and conditions.

“I am grateful to the STRB for the forward-thinking proposals for introducing further change into the pay system,” she said. “I believe the proposed 2.5% pay award is fair on the basis of the arguments put forward by the STRB in respect of the need both to recruit and to retain teachers at a time of change, and the relationship between teachers’ pay and that of others in the labour market.”

Teaching and Learning Responsibility payments – where teachers are rewarded for taking on additional leadership responsibilities – and special education needs allowances, will also increase by 2.5% in September 2006 and September 2007.

Spending on teachers’ pay currently takes up an average of 60% of a school’s budget. Currently, a newly qualified teacher working outside London can currently expect to earn a minimum of £19,641. A newly qualified teacher working in central London can expect to earn £23,5772, which could rise to around £40,000 after a minimum of five years’ experience. An experienced teacher outside London could currently earn up to £33,4443.



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