Pay rise for teachers ‘would boost social mobility’

Starting salaries for teachers should be put on a par with other graduate professions, a new government commissioned report into social mobility has reccommended.

Good staff should also be enticed into challenging schools by incentives such as a teachers’ Help to Buy scheme, according to the third ‘state of the nation’ report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

The report, overseen by social mobility tsar Alan Milburn, also recommends a new “zero tolerance” approach to schools that consistently fail to offer a good education, forcing them to become part of an academy chain and change their leadership.

There are around 30 schools which have failed to achieve the government floor standards for GCSE results five years in a row, the commission said.

Commission chair Alan Milburn said: “I’m fed up with state schools in disadvantaged areas letting down the poorest pupils and the poorest families.”

“I don’t believe that life should rely on luck,” he added. “It’s a certainty that where you get in life depends, in great part, on the type of education you get.”

The report’s key recommendations and goals include:

-Improving pay for new teachers, to put salaries on par with those offered by other graduate employers.

-Incentives designed to attract good teachers to work in challenging schools – such as a teacher’s Help to Buy scheme.

-An aim to raise attainment of poor children across the country to the current rate of inner London schools by 2030. This would cut the attainment gap by two thirds, the report says.

-New reforms designed to halve the development gap between poor five-year-olds and their richer peers by 2025.

-By 2020 around 30,000 young people a year should be starting apprenticeships.

-A ring-fenced fund worth £40 million should be taken from university budgets aimed at boosting the numbers of disadvantaged students studying for a degree. This money would be used to allow institutions to work together to target schools with low higher education participation rates.

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