Teachers welcomed children back to class on Monday, March 8 in England (Picture: Getty)
While parents are breathing a sigh of relief at their children returning to schools, teachers continue to work hard during the coronavirus pandemic.
All children in England returned to school on Monday, March 8 after months of home schooling.
The coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc on the school calendar year with the likes of GCSEs and A Levels being scrapped for the second consecutive year.
Reports suggest government ministers are even considering school summer holidays being shortened while the year is split into five terms to help pupils catch up
Boris Johnson has praised teachers for their efforts during the pandemic but will they be getting a pay rise?
The government have already come under fire for announcing a 1% pay hike for NHS staff so will there be an increase in salaries for teachers?
Will teachers get a pay rise in 2021?
At present, there is no official confirmation on whether teachers can expect a pay rise this year.
However, given last year’s review into teacher salaries, it’s unlikely.
In the summer of 2020 the government awarded teachers their biggest pay rise in 15 years.
The starting salary for new teachers was raised by 5.5% and the government increased the upper and lower boundaries of the pay ranges for all other teachers by 2.75%.
The increase is part of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s plan to deliver an increase in teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022/23, with a 5.5% increase worth between £1,341 and £1,677, depending on location.
Could students have shorter summer holidays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic? (Picture: Getty)
Last month, the Department for Education set out its evidence to the School Teachers Review Body, which makes recommendations on teacher pay.
The findings state only 6,400 teachers could qualify for a £250 boost to their salary that will ‘typically’ only apply to unqualified teachers as the minimum pay point for qualified teachers in 2020-21 is £25,714.
The report estimates that around 5,200 full time equivalent unqualified teachers may be eligible for the award.
The full document of The Education Secretary’s evidence submitted to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) about the 2021 pay award can be viewed on gov.uk.
Students have been wearing face coverings since returning to school (Picture: AFP)
How many teachers are there in the UK?
According to official government stats, there are 453,813 teachers in the UK.
This is based on data collected from schools and local authorities in November 2019 as part of the School Workforce Census.
The data revealed that there were 905,845 people in total working in schools in England, with the figure also including teaching assistants as well as other staff members.
The figures also show that 221,153 of those are working in state-funded nurseries and primary schools, while 204,712 work in secondary schools.
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