Target extra pay at new teachers in shortage subjects, says EPI

Tes is reporting that teachers in shortage subjects should get salary supplements as they start their careers, in order to tackle the retention crisis, according to a report published today.

Schools already have the freedom to make such payments – but not the budgets – the report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) says. 

It argues that, if the government intends to end the public sector pay cap for schools, it should consider targeting additional funds towards salary supplements for early career teachers in shortage subjects.

But unions say that the idea would damage morale and could be seen as a “kick in the teeth” by existing staff.

The report says that the government’s focus on teacher recruitment, including doling out bursaries of up to £30,000, has not had much impact – and there are potentially more gains to be made in improving retention.

And the report adds that, with the overall number of pupils in secondary schools expected to grow by 20 per cent by 2026, the total number of teachers needs to grow by a similar amount to prevent class sizes from rising.

Natalie Perera, executive director of EPI, said: “Some subjects, in particular, are seeing acute shortages in the number of quality teachers. If the government wishes to ease these growing pressures and safeguard educational standards, it should consider policies which offer financial and other incentives to teachers in these subjects early on in their career.” 

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