What are TLR payments?
TLR payments reward additional leadership and management responsibilities undertaken by classroom teachers. Governing bodies determine the overall number of TLR payments available in the school and the levels and values of those payments.
Under the TLR payment system, there are no nationally prescribed levels or values of TLR payment. Each governing body decides for itself the overall number of posts of responsibility carrying TLR payments in the school.
What are the different types of TLR?
The school teachers’ pay and conditions document (STPCD) provides for three broad bands for the values of TLR payments – TLR1, TLR2 and TLR3. There can be more than one level of TLR payment within each band. Each school will decide for itself the number of levels of TLR payments within the two bands and the specific values of the TLR payments at each level. There is no longer any prescribed minimum differential between each level of TLR payment in schools.
How much are TLR payments worth?
For 2022-2023, the lower band, TLR2 in England, is set at £3,017 to £7,368, while the higher band, TLR1, is set at £8,706 to £14,732. The more recently introduced TLR3 payment must be no less than £600 and no greater than £2,975. In Wales, TLR 2 is set from £3,071 to £7,497. TLR 1 range is from £8,859 to £14,990 and TLR 3 is from £611 to £3,028. A school can decide to establish as many levels of TLR payment in each band as it wishes.
The following structure for TLR payments reflects the former five levels of Management Allowances at values uprated in line with annual changes to the TLR payment ranges. The values below are recommended in England for 2022-23 and are reviewed each year:
Variations between schools on the levels and values of TLR payments will increase inequality within and between schools and complicate the career path for teachers.