To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release dated 2 September 2019 entitled £30,000 starting salaries proposed for teachers, whether the increase in starting salaries will be funded through (a) the National Funding Formula and (b) a separate grant.
An increase in teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022-23, along with increases elsewhere on the rest of the pay framework, will be affordable for schools within the additional funding announced at the Spending Round that will be paid out through the schools National Funding Formula (NFF). This will see an additional £2.6 billion in core schools funding next year, with increases of £4.8 billion and £7.1 billion in 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively.
Pay reform is subject to the School Teacher Review Body (STRB) process and recommendations, but the Department’s assessment of affordability will be part of the evidence provided as part of that process.
Funding to support pay increases relating to the 2018 and 2019 pay awards will continue to be invested in the existing Teachers’ Pay Grant in 2020-21. From 2021-22 the Department intends to include this funding within NFF allocations.