Labour intends to give teachers £2,400 in order to keep them from departing.

The party also claims that it would require new teachers to have a professional teaching certificate or be working towards one, a condition that the government abolished in 2012.

According to official statistics, nearly one in every five teachers who certified in 2020 have since resigned.

The pay increase would cost £50 million each year.

According to the most recent official data for England, teacher vacancies have more than doubled in the last two years, while over 40,000 people have left their professions in the last year.

Labour’s shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson revealed on Sunday that new incentive payments would be paid if teachers finished a training program known as the Early Career Framework, which covers their first two years in the classroom.

Ms Phillipson said on the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg show that she will introduce extra payments for teachers who have completed the first two years of the early careers framework, which is a package of training and support for newly certified educators.

Payments to keep teachers in the field, she said, will “recognize” their “really important development and training.”

Ms Phillipson stated that her goal is to “reset the relationship” between the government and the profession.

Laura Kuenssberg emphasized how previous governments provided one-time payments and pressed the Labour MP on how her new proposals would make a difference.

Ms Philipson said that it is about “respecting and valuing” the profession.

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“Teachers and school leaders want the status of teaching to be restored once more,” she stated.

According to Labour, the payments would be paid by eliminating tax benefits for private schools.

It also stated that it would provide more professional development to teachers and would consolidate the “complex network” of numerous funds that provide financial incentives to teachers into a single fund, which it claims will make it simpler to address shortages in certain topics or geographical areas.

Additional measures, such as requiring all new teachers to be trained instructors, will drive “high and rising standards” in England’s schools, according to the party.

Because education is a devolved matter, the governments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland make their own rules.

In England, the starting salary for trained primary and secondary teachers is currently £28,000 outside of London, rising to £34,502 in central London.

Since 2018, the government has been providing early-career bonuses ranging from £2,000 to £5,000 to teachers in disciplines with staffing shortages, such as math, chemistry, physics, and languages. Teachers can apply for the compensation between September 2023 and March 2024.

Since 2012, when the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government abolished the requirement, academies and free schools in England have been able to hire instructors without professional teaching certificates.

It is unclear whether the new legislation will affect private schools, which can also hire teachers with no formal qualifications.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)’s general secretary, Paul Whiteman, praised Labour’s initiatives but suggested the party should do more.

“Schools are in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis,” he added, adding that “Labour should make this a high priority.”

“The goal of having a qualified teacher teach every class is also welcome; every parent should be able to expect that their child is being taught by someone with the necessary expertise.”

“Plans to improve early career training and ongoing professional development are commendable, but Labour must be willing to go further if it is to begin to address the current crisis.”

“We know that issues like low pay and a punitive inspection system are key factors in driving people out of the profession, and it is only by addressing these that teaching and school leadership will become an appealing proposition again.”

“We have seen yet more evidence this morning that Labour cannot be trusted on a word they say,” a Conservative Party spokesperson said in a statement.

“Labour has flipped-flopped on education policy so many times that there is no guarantee they will stick to this latest announcement.”

“Only the Conservatives are delivering on education and increasing literacy rates while putting parents and students first.”

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