Teachers to get 3.1% pay rise, chancellor confirms

Teachers will get a 3.1 per cent pay rise, it has been announced today.

The rise is mostly expected – it’s similar to the recommendations made by government to the independent school pay body in January.

The government proposed an overall 3 per cent rise that would provide increases for every teacher. However it was weighted towards new starters who would get a 6.7 per cent rise, with a 2.5 per cent raise for experienced teachers and heads.

Details of today’s announcement have not yet been published, but it’s expected the cash to pay for rises will come from school’s budgets.

The government said in its recommendations to the School Teachers’ Review Body in January that rises are “affordable for schools” because of its plans to invest more money into the education system, including £2.6 billion in 2020-21.

The Department for Education added a 3 per cent pay increase would cost schools £455 million (across the seven months of the 2020-21 financial year affected by the 2020 pay award).

While this is classed was the “biggest sustained uplift in teacher pay since 2005”, it would take a big chunk out of the government’s promised additional £2.6 billion funding for next year.

As £780m of this is for SEND funding, and now with another £455 million swallowed up by teacher pay rises – it means around £1.4 billion is left.

The STRB was also asked to advise the government on how a new “flatter” pay progression model might work and whether separate main and upper pay ranges are still needed.

Teachers are among almost 900,000 public sector workers set to get above-inflation pay rises, it was reported today.

However the money for rises will come from existing departmental budgets.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.

“It’s right, therefore, that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.”

But the Labour said the rise would not make up for years of real-terms cuts.