Teachers' pay

Now that the Government has confirmed the teachers’ pay increase for September 2018, it’s absolutely essential that we secure these increases in every school. 

The joint union pay advice calls for the full implementation of the 2018 pay increase and provides pay scales for adoption by schools which show the impact of the proposed uplift to the teachers’ pay ranges for 2018-19. 

It’s also vital that we keep up the pressure on Government to fund the pay rise in full, rather than just in part, and implement the full increases recommended by the STRB, rather than cutting them back for UPS teachers and leadership teachers.


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Recently, the Schools Minister misled parliament on teachers' pay, claiming that the award is to be fully funded, when in fact schools are being forced to cover at least a third of the bill.

We want you to ask your MP to #AskDamian to fully fund the pay rise.

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Ask your MP to #AskDamian

We're asking MPs to ask the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to implement the recommendation of the teachers’ independent pay review body in full. Can you ask them, too?

Pay advice

All teachers should individually receive a pay increase at least in line with the increase in pay ranges and pay scale points, separate from any increase due to pay progression. 

NEU reps should urgently seek confirmation from head teachers and principals that the increases announced by the Government will be received by every teacher in line with the joint union advice.

If there is any suggestion that the increase won't be paid in full in your school or academy, please tell us and we can support you in taking the necessary action to achieve full implementation. 

We want heads to fill in our survey to let us know about the impact this pay award will have on you and your school and help us to continue to campaign for better school funding and better pay for teachers.

Pay toolkit

Our pay toolkit gives you all the advice and support you need to secure fair pay treatment in your workplace.

Pay rise plans in your school  

It's crucial that you receive this year's pay increase announced by the Government in July.

If it is not being implemented in full, please fill in the contact form below and we can support you in taking the necessary action.

NEU Greater London pay survey

Teachers in London have described how the pressures of low pay and high cost of living in the capital are leading many to consider moving away or even giving up the profession. A survey of more than 1,300 teachers, carried out in May and June by the London region of the Union, highlighted the toll on teachers of spiralling costs of rent, travel, childcare and household bills, exacerbated by long working hours.

One teacher in Newham, aged between 30 and 34, who is paying 65 per cent of their salary on rent, said: “I live hand to mouth each month. I have no savings and currently have £21 in my bank account to last me six days.”