Starting salaries for teachers in England could rise by up to £6,000 under new government plans.
The Department for Education said the move would make new teachers’ salaries – set to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23 – “among the most competitive” in the graduate labour market.
Unions say the increase is long overdue, and necessary, to attract enough graduates into the profession.
The proposal is the latest education announcement by the government.
On Friday, a multi-billion pound cash boost was promised for schools in England over the next three years, while Chancellor Sajid Javid also pledged to invest an extra £400m into further education for 16 to 19-year-olds.
The minimum salary for teachers in England and Wales, excluding London, is currently £23,720, according to the government’s Get Into Teaching