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Pay rise of up to 3.5% for teachers.

Pay rise of up to 3.5% for teachers.

Classroom teachers in England are to receive pay rises of up to 3.5%, ministers have announced.

Schools will receive a grant of £508m over two years to cover the increases, drawn from existing Department for Education budgets.

But the government has not implemented the independent pay body's call for an across-the-board 3.5% increase.

Head teachers, senior staff and more experienced teachers are getting rises of 1.5% or 2%.

"There are no great schools without great teachers," said Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

    

He said the pay rises would help teaching to be a "competitively rewarded career".

But Geoff Barton, leader of the ASCL head teachers' union, said the pay increase was "only partially funded" and a "short-term political solution" using money "from down the back of the departmental sofa".

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