NEU campaign aims

  • restoration of pay cuts education staff have suffered in real terms since 2010
  • pay progression for all eligible staff and removal of PRP .
  • all employers to use national pay scales.

Teacher Pay September 2021

The NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Voice Community joint response to the consultation on the STRB report in England sets out the united view of the profession on key pay issues and our opposition to the pay freeze.

This separate NEU response to the consultation on the STRB report, complementing the joint union response, highlights specific pay issues flagged by members including: pay progression; lack of payment for permanent responsibilities; unreasonable demands made on teachers because they are on the Upper Pay Range; and the need for fair, transparent school pay policies.

What you can do

Write to your MP for a fair pay rise for education staff.

With inflation rising as the economy recovers from the pandemic, this unjustified and disgraceful decision will add to teachers' huge real terms pay losses since 2010.

Support staff face a below-inflation increase, which is equally unfair. Please see here for the latest information on support staff pay.

Teachers and support staff made an immense contribution through the pandemic  and they deserve a fair pay increase in 2021 to begin to restore the pay losses since 2010. 

We will be updating this page as we build our campaign for fair pay for all education workers. 

How to win on pay

  1. Organise a meeting of members to discuss our pay campaign.

  2. Raise our pay campaign aims with your headteacher.

  3. Discuss your headteacher’s response with members and decide your next steps.

  4. See how others have successfully campaigned.

  5. If you need support, contact your branch secretary.

Do you have story about winning at your workplace? Let us know by emailing

Advice and guidance

The NEU has produced a range of information and advice on teacher pay issues. The NEU pay campaign and associated information will help you to secure pay progression and win a supportive school pay policy.

  • Pay calculator
    Pay progression

    The NEU is campaigning for pay progression for all eligible members.

  • Money
    Pay implementation

    The NEU is campaigning for a national pay increase and to ensure employers are using the national pay scales.

Want more help or advice on how to win on pay at your workplace?

Your first point of contact for advice and support from the union should be your National Education Union workplace representative.

If you don't know who that is, contact your branch or district. You can get contact details by telling us which local authority you work in:

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