The National Education Union wants pay decisions to be based only on the appraisal process, with teachers progressing unless concerns raised during the process have not been successfully addressed through support provided. Now that all pay progression - and even the annual cost of living increase - depends on appraisal outcomes and criteria set by schools, there is no sense not challenging an unacceptable policy.
We will continue to challenge the Government to reverse its attacks on the national pay structure. Use the information in our pay toolkit to find out about pay progression and challenging pay decisions and download the joint union pay advice for 2018-19 (England version/Wales version/Welsh translation). This guidance includes comprehensive pay scales for 2018-19 and advice on their application in your school or academy. See our guidance on securing the full pay award at school level. View the NEU’s FAQs on school teacher pay for more information on the pay increase and how to make sure you receive it, plus many more useful details.
Pay award and Pay Grant
Statutory Pay and Conditions arrangements and DFE pay advice can be found in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document (STPCD) and Implementing Your School's Approach to Pay respectively. The STPCD applies to all teachers in the maintained schools and many teachers in academies. Please check your employment contract if in doubt.
Pay progression for 2018 – making data requests
The NEU has prepared model letters and spreadsheets for making data requests on pay progression. Local officers and negotiators are advised to use the relevant model letter and spreadsheet they require below:
- Model letter to request pay progression information from MATs and accompanying spreadsheet for employer to complete
- Model letter to request pay progression information from local authorities and accompanying spreadsheet for employer to complete
Updated model letters to counter arguments from employers who seek to withhold data on grounds of cost and/or data protection will be available shortly.
Pay scales and pay advice
Pay scales and pay advice
School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) remit
In November Damian Hinds sent his remit to the STRB, the body which makes recommendations on teacher pay. In it, he has set some tight constraints for the STRB, by saying any recommendations on 2019/20 pay award has to be “affordable”: this is a tacit acknowledgement that school funding is not going to increase so pay will have to be tailored accordingly.
The NEU sent a letter to Hinds, asking him to revise his remit. Instead of seeking to constrain the STRB on affordability, Damian Hinds should be highlighting to colleagues in Government the serious and widespread teacher recruitment and retention problems reported by the STRB and pressing for urgent additional investment in education.
Other pay arrangements
Supply teacher members can refer to our detailed advice and guidance for information and support on pay issues. Support staff members can find information on their pay scales here and unqualified teachers by reading p.8 of the NEU document The Teachers’ Pay Structure
For sixth form college teacher members, please read the comprehensive information and guidance on pay; and download the information for FE staff on their pay scales: (England) (Wales) (Northern Ireland) .
Members teaching in independent schools should see the advice and guidance set out here