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Teachers set for biggest pay rise in 15 years

Island teachers are expected to receive their biggest pay rise in the last 15 years.

It comes after UK Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, accepted all recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) yesterday.

Isle of Man teachers are paid the same as those in England and their annual pay award, once published in a separate document called the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD), has been implemented by the Manx Government in exactly the same way since 1992.

The new recommendations mean the starting salary for teachers will rise by 5.5% and the maximum of the main pay range and the upper and lower boundaries of all other pay and allowances increased by 2.75%.

The recommendations are equivalent to a 3.1% increase in the overall pay bill, 2% of which is already included in budgets and the remaining 1.1% will be found from within existing budgets.

Education, Sport & Culture Minister, Dr Alex Allinson, says: "The recommendations recognise the outstanding contribution teachers make to our society and will help attract the most talented candidates to teach our children and young people."

The pay increase is equivalent to £1,250 on average for teachers and £1,970 on average for headteachers and will, once confirmed in the STPCD, be implemented on the Island from September 1.

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