Purpose of the Model Pay Policy

The National Education Union believes that a fair, transparent and consistent pay policy which recognises and rewards teachers as highly skilled professionals, is a key element in effective school improvement. Use of this model pay policy will help to recruit, retain and motivate teachers, provide the basis for sound financial and personnel planning and minimise the risk of grievance and discrimination.

This model policy is fully consistent and compliant with the statutory provisions for teachers’ pay, including latest changes effective from 1 September 2018. It follows the format of the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) own model policy and has been developed to be fully consistent with our checklist, as well as the STPCD, and to save time for schools. Adopting the NEU Model Pay Policy ensures that teachers will suffer no financial or professional detriment as a consequence of the changes to the teachers’ pay structure.

The model policy is also entirely consistent and compliant with the NEU pay policy checklist. The pay scales in this model policy reflect the outcome of the STRB process in relation to the September 2019 pay increase. The publication of the NEU model pay policy does not represent an acceptance of changes to the teachers’ pay system introduced or proposed by the Department for Education. The NEU is committed to securing a national pay structure in England which applies statutorily to all maintained schools and academies.

The model policy refers to annual pay progression, consistent with the STPCD provisions which do not now require that progression on the Upper Pay Range must be biennial. However, policies which retain biennial progression should not be rejected simply on the basis that that provision has not yet been changed, and the introduction of annual progression should not be sought where such a change would be achieved at the expense of other changes that would reduce rates of progression. Where individual academies do not have governing bodies, references in this model policy to the Governing Body should be taken to mean the relevant body to which the power to adopt the pay policy and take pay decisions has been delegated.

Policy for determining teachers’ pay

This policy sets out the framework for making decisions on teachers’ pay. It has been developed to comply with current legislation and the requirements of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and has been consulted on with the recognised trade unions. A copy of this policy will be sent to all staff and a copy of all relevant documents on pay and conditions will be made available to staff by the school.

In adopting this pay policy the aim is to:

  • assure the quality of teaching and learning at the school;
  • support recruitment and retention and reward teachers appropriately; and
  • ensure accountability, transparency, objectivity and equality of opportunity 

The Governing Body will maintain teachers ’previous pay entitlements in accordance with the principle of pay portability and ensure that teachers suffer no financial or professional detriment as a consequence of changes to the teachers’ pay structure.

Pay decisions at this school are made by the Governing Body which has delegated certain responsibilities and decision-making powers to the Pay Committee as set out in Appendix One. The Pay Committee shall be responsible for the establishment and review of the pay policy, subject to the approval of the Governing Body, and shall have full authority to take pay decisions on behalf of the Governing Body in accordance with this policy.The headteacher/principal shall be responsible for advising the Pay Committee on its decisions.