The Prime Minister announced during his key speech at the Tory Party conference in Manchester today that teachers will be paid £3,000 more in a “levelling up premium.”
Talented teachers who teach chemistry, physics and maths will be provided the pay rise in areas where they are needed.
Boris Johnson said the Conservatives “levelling up” agenda will see £14bn being thrown into education and salaries will start at £30,000 for teachers.
The Prime Minister congratulated teachers on the “sheer scale of their achievements,” and said there should be “absolutely no reason” why pupils cannot do “basic mathematics” by the time they leave primary school.
He highlighted Brampton Manor Academy, a state school in Newham, east London, as evidence of “unleashing potential and levelling up.”
Johnson praised the 55 teenagers from Brampton who got their grades to attend Oxbridge this year, more than the offers made to those studying at Eton College.
He added, “We can do it.
“There is absolutely no reason why the kids of this country should lag behind and why so many should be unable to read or write or do basic mathematics at 11.
“To level up, on top of the extra £14 billion we’re putting into education, on top of the increase that means every teacher starts with a salary of £30,000, we’re announcing today a levelling up premium of up to £3,000 to send the best maths and science teachers to the places that need them most.”
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said of the government’s “levelling up premium,” that “there are challenges in recruiting enough maths and science teachers in general and this can be particularly acute for schools in disadvantaged areas.
“So, on the face of it, this sounds like a good idea and we look forward to seeing more details of how this scheme will work.
“But there is a pressing need to look more widely at the challenges around recruiting and retaining enough teachers in the profession in general as teacher shortages have been a problem for many years.
“One of the problems is that the real value of salaries has fallen over the course of the past decade as a result of the government’s austerity agenda. Its decision to freeze pay this year has made matters worse.”