Teachers will enjoy the biggest pay rise “for a generation”, the government has confirmed today.
Following recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body, teacher starting salaries have been boosted by 5.5% – representing the largest pay increase for the profession since 2005.
Fully-qualified teachers outside of London will now start work earning a minimum of £25,714.
Teachers in inner London will earn at least £32,157.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the government wanted to “make teaching attractive to the most talented candidates by recognising the outstanding contribution teachers make to our society.”
He added: “Inspirational teachers change millions of lives by giving our children the drive and desire to learn, and reforms to teacher training, early career support and teachers’ pay are key to the Government’s plans to improve school standards.”
The MP also confirmed that school funding in Britain will increase by 4% overall.
The pay rises represent the first part of a plan to push teacher starting salaries to at least £30,000 by 2022/23.
Whilst the pay increase for new teachers was welcomed by members of the sector, the National Education Union (NEU) claimed that the Government needed to do more to ensure experienced teachers remained in schools.
“…the prospect of salaries tapering off as they progress through the profession means that progress made in recruiting teachers will not be sustained in retaining them,” said Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary.
“It is already the case that 22% of teachers leave teaching within two years.”
She added: “NEU called for a fully-funded 7% increase in September and we reiterate this call.”
This week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that more than 900,000 public service workers across the UK would receive income bumps for their “vital contribution” during the pandemic.
According to the Treasury, funding is set to be taken from existing departmental budgets.
Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.