Is your school ready for teacher pay increases in the year ahead

Is your school ready for teacher pay increases in the year ahead

Is your school ready for teacher pay increases in the year ahead?

Following the announcement by the Government that teachers’ salaries will rise from September, many schools will be taking a close look at their budgets.

As the arrangements currently stand, schools will need to fund the majority if the pay increase from their existing funds.

What is the increase?

Minimum and maximum salaries in each pay grade will increase by 2.75 per cent. The pay rise will apply to unqualified, main, upper and leadership grades.

Will every teacher receive a pay rise?

Not every teacher in England will automatically receive a 2.75 per cent pay rise, as each school will still be allowed to determine their teachers’ salaries.

However, the lowest and highest ends of each teacher pay band will increase by the relevant amount. For those on either the highest or lowest salary in each grade will receive an automatic increase in their salary.

It is worth remembering that the rules only apply to local authority-maintained schools as academies can set their own pay scales, although they will need to be mindful of retaining their competitive edge as an employer.

Will teaching assistants receive a pay rise too?

Salaries for TAs are set at a local level and so are not affected by the Government’s latest announcements.

How will my school’s budget be affected by the pay rise?

Schools will be expected to pay the first 2 per cent of the pay rise, which is estimated will cost around £280million in total.

The Government has promised additional funds to top up the remainder of the pay increase for 2019/20 and is setting aside £105million from the existing DfE budget for this purpose.

Is your school ready for teacher pay increases in the year ahead