How to get rid of the schoolteacher discount
Teachers are a vital part of our public education system.
And when they don’t have the flexibility to get the job done, they often do not get the benefits.
We’re taking steps to reduce the teacher discount to zero and ensure that every child receives the best possible education.
This is a huge victory for parents and teachers, and a key step towards delivering our goal of creating a world-class education for all children by 2020.
But there are other issues that need addressing.
We know that teachers are one of the most important factors in helping children learn.
For example, if a child has no experience, it is hard for them to succeed in school.
Teachers are also critical to our ability to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children, including infants and children with disabilities.
So, we are committed to taking immediate action to reduce teacher pay and benefits and introduce a zero-teacher-discount system that reduces the cost of all teachers in the public sector.
The Government has already reduced the teacher’s salary by up to 6.5% over the past 12 months.
This has made it easier for teachers to find other jobs and reduce their workload.
We also know that there are significant pressures on teachers who are facing a range of challenges including: a rise in the number of teachers leaving the profession; a shortage of qualified teachers; and, the ageing of the population.
We are taking action to ensure that all teachers have the skills and training they need to continue to lead the way in supporting students.
The Government will also continue to support the teaching profession through the National Teacher Award.
The National Teacher Service Award is an outstanding opportunity for teachers who have made a significant contribution to the teaching sector, and to encourage their successors to carry on their work.
The award is awarded to teachers who, over their career, have helped improve student outcomes in schools and have demonstrated exceptional teaching and learning skills.
This year, the Government announced the launch of the National Teaching Service Excellence Awards for teaching excellence.
The NTSEA was established in 2016 to support teacher quality across all disciplines, including teaching and teaching management, to improve teacher performance and provide support for teachers.
All schools are responsible for the recruitment and retention of teachers and the Government will continue to invest in support for all of these key roles.
We will also invest in teaching and education through the Teacher Training and Development Agency.
The TEFA is a UK-wide funding support scheme to support all teachers who work in the UK.
This funding supports teachers who undertake up to three years of full-time teaching.
The aim is to ensure all teachers are in the classroom, improving classroom skills and supporting pupils in their learning.
Teachers will be able to benefit from a range for all pupils, from a reduction in the cost for each pupil to a reduction of the time spent on homework.
All children will benefit from these reforms.
In 2017, we announced an unprecedented national funding freeze, with a freeze on the salary of teachers, capped at an annual average of £25,000.
We have also announced a new funding cap on the teacher pay cap for all schools.
This new cap will ensure that teachers across the UK have a fair pay and working conditions for all students and will help to ensure they are fully supported to deliver their responsibilities.
Today, we announce that the Government is also providing £10 million in additional funding to support teachers through the first phase of the Teacher Support Scheme.
The funding will provide teachers with additional support, including an extra five-year guarantee, which will help ensure that they are in line for a pay increase.
We continue to work with the public to understand the best way to implement the teacher support scheme and the best ways to support them through the next phase.
There are a number of other ways in which the Government has delivered for teachers over the last 12 months, including: making teacher recruitment and progression more accessible to teachers through a streamlined teacher recruitment system; making teacher remuneration more competitive; making it easier to recruit new teachers; extending the teacher leave scheme to ensure more teachers are available for each class in schools; extending teacher removals to help teachers stay on the job; and setting out a new apprenticeship system for teachers that will provide a better support service for young people.
We want to make sure that we do all we can to support schools, and teachers are essential to that success.
As part of this national commitment, the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, announced that every local authority will have the ability to choose whether to introduce a teacher discount scheme.
The local authority must decide whether to implement a teacher’s discount, with some schools taking advantage of the system and others not.
If a local authority chooses to implement this scheme, it must also consider the benefits and impacts of the scheme in the community.
The scheme is already being used to provide a valuable service to parents, and we look forward to seeing the