Teacher pay in Wales


Teacher pay in Wales has been reformed. The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) which outlines teachers’ pay and conditions in maintained schools in England no longer applies in Wales.

Since September 2020, national statutory pay scales were reintroduced in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (Wales) Document (STPC(W)D).

The context behind the changes can be read in the following BBC article.

In this article, we outline the teacher pay scales for 2020/2021 in Wales. For teacher pay scales in England please see the following article.

We’ve also published another article which provides a background of the Welsh education system for context.

Teacher pay in Wales

The statutory requirements for teachers’ pay and conditions for maintained schools in Wales are set out in the STPC(W)D, and schools and local authorities (LAs) must abide by these.

The Education Act 2002 (“the Act”) gives the Welsh Ministers power to issue guidance on pay and conditions matters, to which those concerned must have regard.

It should be noted that Independent schools in Wales can set their own pay scales.

Main Pay Range
M1 Removed
M2 £27,018
M3 £29,188
M4 £31,435
M5 £33,192
M6 a Removed
M6 (b) £37,320


Upper Pay Range
U1 £38,689
U2 £40,124
U3 £41,604


Min 1 £18,169
2 £20,282
3 £22,394
4 £24,507
5 £26,622
Max 6 £28,735


Leading practitioners
Min £42,402
Max £64,461


Allowance ranges
TLR1 (min) £8,291
TLR1 (max) £14,030
TLR2 (min) £2,873
TL2 (max) £7,017
TLR3 (min) £571
TLR3 (max) £2,833
SEN (min) £2,270
SEN (max) £4,479

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