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Raise teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000

Last updated 4 years ago

We want to attract the best talent into teaching and recognise the great work they do, so we’re raising teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.13

Our verdict

  • When this government took office, starting salaries for teachers outside London were approximately £24,000, and this policy promises to raise that to £30,000.
  • On 21 July 2020, the Education Secretary announced “that the minimum starting salary for a qualified teacher in 2020/21 will rise to £25,714 outside of London”, and he restated the plan to introduce “a £30,000 starting salary by 2022”.
  • The government has delivered the highest pay increase for teachers in 15 years and remains committed to the £30,000 target, but until it is attained, this policy remains ‘in progress’. 

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