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Teachers: Pay

Question for Department for Education

UIN 270312, tabled on 27 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing starting salaries for teachers to make the profession more competitive.

Answered on

2 July 2019

In January 2019, the Government published evidence to support the independent School Teacher’s Review Body’s (STRB) considerations for the 2019 pay award. It includes evidence on the teacher labour market, based on the latest recruitment and retention data, and on affordability based on the information provided in the schools’ costs document. On affordability, the evidence sets out the importance of ensuring that the pay award does not place undue pressure on school budgets, with a 2% increase in per teacher pay being affordable nationally, in the context of the cost pressures faced by schools and headroom available for increases in teachers’ pay.

The STRB has submitted their 29th report to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, in respect of the 2019 pay award. The Government will now carefully consider the report and the STRB’s recommendations and publish a response as soon as possible.

The evidence to the STRB: 2019 pay award for school staff is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-to-the-strb-2019-pay-award-for-school-staff.

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