Purpose of the Model Pay Policy

Using this 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. Adopting 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 from 1 September 2020. It follows the format of the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) own model policy and is fully consistent with the NEU Pay Policy Checklist, as well as the STPCD. Adopting this pay policy will help to protect teachers from the changes to the teachers’ pay structure.

The pay scales in this model policy are those recommended by the joint teacher unions in relation to the September 2020 pay increase.

The NEU model pay policy can (and should) be adopted by academies as well as local authority maintained schools. The NEU remains committed to securing a national pay structure in England which applies statutorily to all maintained schools and academies.

The NEU is campaigning for the removal of PRP and for annual pay progression to be automatic and not linked to performance. Eligible teachers should receive a point on the pay range for each year of employment unless a teacher’s performance has not been satisfactory and they are subject to a formal capability process.

The NEU position on Threshold is that this too should be an automatic process and not an application and assessment procedure.

The annual pay lift/cost of living increase should be applied to all pay points and allowances and not be linked to performance This model pay policy provides, consistent with STPCD provisions, that teachers should receive a point on the pay range for each year of employment unless a teacher’s performance has not been satisfactory and they are subject to a formal capability process.

Where individual academies do not have governing bodies, references to the Governing Body should be amended to refer to the body holding the power to adopt the pay policy and take pay decisions.