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The government’s plans to hand teachers lower pay rises than the average UK worker are likely to “exacerbate” already-growing recruitment and retention problems, according to experts.

A study by the National Foundation for Educational Research found the Department for Education is likely to significantly miss initial teacher training recruitment targets in shortage subjects over the next four years.

The think tank is urging the DfE to revise up its proposed teacher pay awards, hike bursaries to as much as £30,000, hand more staff retention bonuses and offer secondary teachers higher rises than their primary peers.

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