Pay scales

Introduction

If you teach in a maintained school in England and Wales, you will be paid according to a nationally agreed pay scale, as outlined in the 2018 School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). If you teach in an academy, free school or independent school, your pay will be set according to your school’s pay policy. Where a school that was previously a maintained school has converted to an academy, you may benefit from Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) regulations.

For 2018, a 3.5% uplift has been applied to the statutory minimum and maximum of the main pay range and to the unqualified teachers pay range. A 1.5% uplift has been added to the leadership pay ranges.

The legal picture

The 2018 STPCD, which came into force on 1 September 2018, sets out the pay scales for teachers in maintained school and other schools that choose to adopt it. 

The process

From 1st September 2018 onwards, the salaries of qualified classroom teachers working in maintained schools in England and Wales will fall within the Main Pay Range (MPR) or the Upper Pay Range (UPR). These reflect the variation in cost of living across the country, with a premium for those working in Inner, Outer or Fringe areas of London. Annual salaries for the two pay ranges are as follows:

  Annual salary

England & Wales (excl. London areas)

London Fringe area

Outer London area

Inner London area

Main Range (MPR) Min £23,720 £24,859 £27,596 £29,664
Max £35,008 £36,157 £38,963 £40,372
Upper Range (UPR) Min £36,646 £37,758 £40,310 £44,489
Max £39,406 £40,520 £43,348 £48,244

Movement within each of the pay ranges will be determined by a teacher’s performance across the year, assessed formally as part of the appraisal process. Reviews should take place annually to establish by how much a teacher’s salary will be increased. Schools must set out clearly in their pay policy the conditions that must be met to ensure progression through the pay range. Furthermore, the pay policy must make clear what procedures teachers should follow if they have grievances about their pay or the appraisal process.

Qualified teachers should apply to the head teacher to move from the Main Pay Range to the Upper Pay Range in line with the school’s pay policy. If a teacher can prove their competence in meeting the relevant standards and can demonstrate substantial and sustained contributions to the education setting, this application should be successful. It is advisable to consult with your line manager, SLT or head teacher for guidance with this process.

The Leading Practitioner Pay Range rewards consistently high-performing teachers who wish to focus on modelling excellent practice and raising the standard of teaching across the school. A school’s pay policy will outline the requirements and availability of these posts, as well as where in the range a teacher will be paid. The pay range is as follows:

  Annual salary

England & Wales (excl. London areas)

London Fringe area

Outer London area

Inner London area

Leading Practitioners Min £40,162 £41,268 £43,348 £47,751
Max £61,055 £62,164 £64,245 £68,652

For roles and responsibilities beyond a teacher’s individual classroom, Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) payments are available. They fall into three categories, and can be summarised as follows: TLR 1 for substantial additional responsibilities, including line managing several people; TLR 2 for responsibilities beyond those of a classroom teacher; and TLR 3 for temporary projects focused on school improvement. TLR 1 and TLR 2 positions may be permanent or temporary, whilst TLR 3 posts are fixed-term and are not safeguarded. The pay ranges are as follows:

TLR Payments
TLR 1 Min £7,853
Max £12,770
TLR 2 Min £2,721
Max £6,646
TLR 3 Min £540
Max £2,683

Working as an unqualified teacher

Teachers training in maintained schools following the Schools Direct salaried programme will be paid according to the Unqualified Teachers Pay Range, as detailed below. As with the other pay ranges, there are no longer fixed salary points; it is the responsibility of a school to publish pay policy detailing the structures in place.

  Annual salary

England & Wales (excl. London areas)

London Fringe area

Outer London area

Inner London area

Unqualified Range (UQT) Min £17,208 £18,339 £20,441 £21,641
Max £27,216 £28,343 £30,452 £31,644

Following recent changes to employment regulations, academies may now employ unqualified teachers if it is felt that they meet the required standard. Pay ranges for these posts will be broadly in line with those published by the Department for Education, though as with other ranges, schools are free to formulate their own pay policies and structures.

Support

If you have any questions on pay, or any concerns or grievances against your employer relating to your pay, Edapt can provide advice and support

Next steps

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