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Commenting on reports that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will call for an increase in salary of up to £6,000 a year for new teachers by the 2022-23 academic year, Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said: 

“Increases to the pay for classroom teachers are long overdue, following almost a decade of pay erosion which has left teachers’ pay falling further and further behind the pay of other graduates.

“However, urgent action is needed now and teachers will be disappointed that any increases will not take effect until 2023.

“Measures are needed now to drastically improve teachers’ pay and conditions and to end the recruitment and retention crisis affecting schools and academies.

“Whilst improvements to teachers’ starting salaries are necessary, schools are also facing a huge problem in respect of the retention of experienced teachers.

“With two-thirds of teachers seriously considering leaving the profession, the Government must also ensure that investment in teachers’ salaries also guarantees improvements in the pay of all teachers, including experienced teachers.”

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