Last week, the Government announced that teachers would receive a pay increase of between 5-8.9% for the next academic year (2022-23). This is a result of the Government accepting pay recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body.
According to the Government website, the pay increases will mean:
- “The starting salary for teachers outside London will rise by 8.9%, with salaries reaching £28,000 in the 2022/23 academic year.”
- “Those in the early stages of their careers will also benefit from significant increases, ranging from 5% to 8% depending on experience.”
- “Pay for experienced teachers who have been in the profession for more than five years will rise by 5% in the next academic year.
Although this increase is more than the Government’s initial proposal of 3%, unions and campaigners have said that this is still not enough. With increasing inflation and cost of living, some have even stated that this represents a real term pay cut for teachers.
Education Secretary, James Cleverly said of the pay increase: “This will attract even more top-quality talent to inspire children and young people and reward teachers for their hard work.” However, critics believe this increase doesn’t go far enough and will drive more teachers out of the workforce.
The past couple of years have shone a light on the important work of teachers and schools, with the Covid-19 pandemic bringing this to the forefront. Teaching unions are now warning that they are consulting members on whether they wish to take industrial action, which could end up causing further disruption to children’s education in the classroom.
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