Teachers: Pay

Department for Education written question – answered at on 21 May 2024.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of teachers who have received levelling up premium payments for school teachers since May 2022 by (a) region and (b) subject.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the levelling up premium payments for school teachers on recruitment of teachers in shortage subjects.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending levelling up premium payments to teachers in training with initial teacher training providers in disadvantaged communities.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Education)

Mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing secondary school teachers in the first five years of their career who work in eligible schools have been able to claim Levelling Up Premium (LUP) payments of up to £3,000 after tax since September 2022. For the 2024/25 and 2025/26 academic years, the department is doubling the LUP payments to eligible school teachers to up to £6,000 per year after tax and extending the offer to key science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and technical subject teachers in all further education colleges for the first time.

A new school teacher receiving a £6,000 LUP will have an income equivalent of at least a £38,570 starting salary next year, even before accounting for the next pay award.

The number of teachers that have received LUP payments by region are below:

Sum of claims by academic year

Region

2022/23

2023/2024

East of England

337

371

East Midlands

421

401

London

1112

1170

North East

238

251

North West

762

790

South East

304

314

South West

241

246

West Midlands

603

594

Yorkshire and The Humber

597

603

Total

4615

4740

The number of teachers that have received LUP payments by subject are below:

Sum of claims by academic year

Subject

2022/23

2023/24

Mathematics

2518

2609

Physics

459

456

Chemistry

1044

1101

Computing

595

574

Total

4615

4740

The LUP is primarily designed to incentivise the retention of specialist teachers in the disadvantaged schools it targets, but it may also support recruitment by encouraging teachers to take up posts in these schools.

It is too early to fully evaluate the impact of the LUP, but it is possible to draw on evidence from the predecessor pilots which informed it. For example, a University College London (UCL) evaluation of the Mathematics and Physics Teacher Retention Payments pilot found that teachers who received these £2,000 after tax payments were 23% less likely to leave teaching. Furthermore, an evaluation of Early Career Payments assessed they reduced the likelihood of teachers leaving by 37% for the £5,000 payments, and 58% for the £7,500 payments.

Mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing trainees starting school initial teacher teaching (ITT) in the 2024/25 academic year can already benefit from tax free bursaries worth £28,000 and scholarships worth £30,000. These ITT incentives are a national offer and are not differentiated sub-nationally. This is because teachers often teach in a different school or area to that they trained in. The Levelling Up Premium is paid to school teachers once they are qualified and is therefore targeted sub-nationally to incentivise them to work in the schools most in need.

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