Government has announced it will fully fund a 3.5% pay rise for teachers on the main pay range, 2% for those on the upper pay range and 1.5% for those in leadership positions. The Education Secretary’s full announcement can be viewed here.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said: “We will be supporting schools in England to implement the award with an investment of £508m through a new teachers’ pay grant of £187m in 2018-19 and £321m in 2019-20 from the existing DfE budget. This will cover, in full, the difference between this award and the cost of the 1% award that schools would have anticipated under the previous public sector pay cap.
“The grant will provide additional support to all maintained schools and academies, over and above the core funding that they receive through the national funding formula. We will publish further details on the distribution of this grant when the pay award is confirmed”.
It is essential for maintained schools and academies to be aware of the detail of this funding and they should await further announcement on the distribution of this funding before making any decisions. It appears as if schools will be funding the first 1% of all increases from current funding.
The distribution of funding may be complex. Some academies have moved away from the traditional pay scales for teachers and this could add complication to how funding is received. Schools will continue to determine how their staff are paid and Stone King will be providing more detailed information on the implementation of the pay increase when it becomes available.
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