• Spending review: Treasury now says £30k starting salary pledge pushed back a year

    The government has abandoned its pledge to raise teacher starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022-23, saying the target will now be reached by 2024 instead. The Treasury initially confirmed yesterday that it still planned to deliver the commitment made in the Conservatives’ election manifesto last year, despite enacting a pay freeze for teachers in the

    12.32 Nov. 26th, 2020 | News

  • £30k starting salary pledge remains, and 5 other things we learned from the spending review

    The chancellor Rishi Sunak has launched his spending review, which sets out how public services will be funded in the 2021-22 financial year. Most notably for schools, the spending review includes a pay freeze for public sector workers earning over the median salary. Here’s what we learned.   1. £30k starting salaries still the plan,

    16.26 Nov. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Pay rises 'paused' for all but the lowest-paid school staff

    School staff earning over £24,000-a-year won’t receive a pay rise next year, the chancellor has announced. Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons today that pay rises for all public sector jobs except those in the NHS would be “paused” as part of the latest spending review. The chancellor said he “cannot justify a significant

    13.04 Nov. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Pay freeze would be 'final straw' for teachers and leaders, say unions

    A pay freeze for teachers next year could prompt an “exodus from the profession”, a school leadership union has warned, following reports of an impending announcement by the Chancellor. The government is also refusing to comment on whether the reports mean that its pledge to raise teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022 will be

    9.39 Nov. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Pay scales for teachers and leaders in England from September 2020

    The new teacher and school leadership pay rates for 2020-21 have been confirmed by the Department for Education. In July, the DfE announced salaries for new teachers would rise by 5.5 per cent this year year, with the upper and lower boundaries of the pay ranges for all other teachers to rise by 2.75 per

    17.29 Sep. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • DfE's 2020 pay plans: 6 super interesting findings

    The Department for Education published its evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body this week. The submission included statistics on the teaching workforce that back up its recommendations. We’ve had a rifle through and picked out six super interesting nuggets from the data. (N.B. you can read our news story here, and our speed read

    5.00 Jan. 25th, 2020 | News

  • DfE's 2020 teacher pay proposals: Rise will cost schools £455m, plus 6 more findings

    The Department for Education has published its recommendations on teacher pay for September 2020. We’ve got a news story on the main findings here (£26k starting salaries and 2.5% rise for senior staff). The DfE’s full submission to the School Teachers’ Review Body has some super interesting findings, so here’s everything you need to know.

    10.59 Jan. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Teacher pay scales are essential - here's why

    With the government having announced the teacher pay rises for 2018-19, Mary Bousted explains why she thinks centralised pay scales are essential DIY is not a good idea when it comes to teachers’ pay. If going it alone were a good idea, academies and free schools, which have the freedom to determine their own pay

    12.30 Jul. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Scrap national pay scales and let schools decide

    With school leaders and teachers frustrated about the government’s delay in announcing teacher pay rises, Mark Lehain makes the case for scrapping centralised pay scales There is loads about being a head that I have missed since leaving Bedford Free School last August. One thing I haven’t missed is the challenge of setting a budget

    12.30 Jul. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Teacher pay rise: how will different schools implement it?

    The Department for Education has announced that it will help fund pay rises for teachers and school leaders next year. But what does this mean if you work in an academy compared to a maintained school, and how will it affect wider school budgets? Micon Metcalfe explains. The school teacher review body (STRB) 2018 report

    11.05 Jul. 25th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Teachers ARE motivated by pay, research shows

    The idea that teachers are not motivated by pay is misleading and not backed by evidence, according to a leading researcher. In fact, teachers with degrees that could let them earn more money in another job are more likely to leave the profession, Sam Sims, a researcher at Education Datalab (pictured below), has found. His

    15.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News