2024/25 Teacher Pay Scales Explained

21 May 2024

Here at James Ray Recruitment we understand the importance of clarity in the pay and conditions of jobs, which is why we always try to advertise the salary for our vacancies.

Following on from our 2023-24 teacher pay guide, as the year progresses it’s only natural for teachers, ECTs and potential trainees to consider their finances and plan for the next year. Here, we will include all the updates we have as news regarding teacher pay arrives.

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2024 UK General Election Update

The UK General Election was held on 4th July 2024, and saw a Labour government elected with a large majority. So what does this mean for teacher pay?

Although it is early days for the government, one of the most pressing issues that the new Education Secretary, Bridget Phillipson, will face is making a decision on the 2024-25 teacher pay award. As yet, there has been no announcement for 2024-25 teacher pay, and Labour made no specific manifesto pledges on the topic.

What we do know is that the independent pay review body submitted the recommendations to the previous government (see below). However, the calling of the general election meant that this has not yet been made public. At the time of writing, we do not know what the recommendations are, whether the new government intends to follow them or how any potential pay increase will be funded.

May 2024 Update

At the time of writing, the School Teachers Review Body have sent their recommendations for teacher pay in 2024-25 to the government. As yet, the recommendations have not been published.

Unions have called for the immediate publication, with concerns being raised that in an election year they may seek to delay release of any news regarding teacher pay. So as yet, the teacher pay award is unknown.

However, we do know that there is friction expected between the DfE and the major teaching unions. The NAHT has called for “double digit” pay rises for teaching staff, whilst the DfE is urging lower pay rises than previous years.