Advice and guidance about all aspects of pay, including information about the 2019 pay award and pay progression, our pay toolkit and pay calculator, as well as pay arrangements for support staff and supply teachers, independent schools and sixth form colleges.

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Pay award 2019 and pay progression

On 22 July, the Government announced that it proposed to accept the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body of a 2.75% uplift to the minima and maxima of all school teacher pay ranges and allowances in England.  A consultation has taken place on this and ended on 13 September.  You can see the joint response to the consultation from the NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Voice here.  The Government has not yet published its final decisions following the consultation, but it is anticipated that the Government will not change this proposal.  .

This proposed increase isn’t enough to address the erosion of the value of teacher pay against inflation and against earnings in the wider economy, but we want to support members to ensure that all teachers receive the 2.75% increase and any pay progression to which they are entitled.

All teachers and school leaders should receive an individual pay increase corresponding to the increases set out above, excluding any increase arising from progression to a higher pay scale point. Read our FAQs on school teacher pay and then see our pay toolkit for more information. Reps can also read our advice on how to secure the full pay award at school level.

The statutory requirements for teachers’ pay and conditions for maintained schools in England are set out in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and schools and local authorities (LAs) must abide by them.

Further pay advice can be found in DfE's advice for maintained schools and local authorities on Implementing Your School's Approach to Pay. This is non-statutory but can help schools in revising their processes in making decisions on teachers' and leadership pay.

Pay campaign, scales and toolkit

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    Pay campaign

    We will be campaigning to win in full increases recommended by the STRB in 2019 for all teachers and for fair pay for all education staff.

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    Pay scales 2019-20

    The joint union pay scales show the impact of the 2.75% uplift to the teachers’ pay ranges for 2019-20, when applied to the individual pay points on those ranges recommended in our joint advice for 2018-19.

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    Pay toolkit

    Use our pay toolkit to secure pay progression, by taking collective action or by pursuing and winning appeals against decisions that individual teachers should not progress. 

Other pay arrangements

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    Support staff pay and conditions

    Pay and conditions agreement for support staff - most LA schools use the local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

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    Soulbury officers

    Information on pay and conditions for Soulbury paid officers in England and Wales.

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    Pay in the independent sector

    As private businesses outside the national collective bargaining structure in the maintained sector, independent schools have greater freedom to set their own terms and conditions of employment.

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    Residential teachers

    Pay and conditions for teachers in residential establishments are aligned with those in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and Burgundy Book, other than the following allowances and pay scales for pay scales for allowances.

All pay advice by topic tag

Can't find what you're looking for above? Browse all our pay content, ordered by topic tag. As pages can have more than one topic tag, they can also appear more than once in the list below.

  • This is a guide on steering a course through your appraisal and the pay decision process to ensure that you can secure pay progression.

  • This guidance sets out the obligations of employers and employees in relation to notice periods and notice pay.

  • Guidance on the pay and conditions implications of teachers’ participation in out-of-school-hours learning activities

  • This guidance provides advice on finding out more about pay policies and their most important features.
  • This is a guide on steering a course through your appraisal and the pay decision process to ensure that you can secure pay progression.

  • This guide gives advice on securing pay progression by persuading governors not to accept a recommendation to deny pay progression or by appealing successfully against a decision to deny progression.

  • Advice explaining the payments and entitlements you may receive if your post becomes redundant. In any case where redundancy is threatened, specific advice and assistance is available and should be sought from your school/college rep or division/association/branch secretary.

  • Advice on identifying the grounds for a pay appeal and on how members might run a successful pay appeal
  • Pay and conditions for teachers in residential establishments are aligned with those in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and Burgundy Book, other than the following allowances and pay scales for pay scales for allowances.

  • The latest NEU evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body, which is reviewing teacher pay in England, sets out our case for a fully-funded pay increase for all teacher points and allowances of 5% in September 2019, for further pay increases to restore the cuts in teacher pay since 2010 and for an urgent review to establish appropriate pay for teachers for the long term.
  • Details of the recommended NEU pay scales for teachers and leaders, which we wish to see all schools adopt.
  • The joint union pay scales show the impact of the uplift to the teachers’ pay ranges for 2018-19, when applied to the individual pay points on those ranges recommended in our joint advice for 2017-18.
  • The joint union pay scales show the impact of the 2.75% uplift to the teachers’ pay ranges for 2019-20, when applied to the individual pay points on those ranges recommended in our joint advice for 2018-19.

  • What should I expect to be paid as an agency supply teacher? What should I be paid for supply work of less than a day in duration? What happens if a school wants to offer me a permanent job? These and many other key questions are covered in this introductory guide to supply teaching.

  • Pay and conditions agreement for support staff - most LA schools use the local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

  • A comprehensive overview to the teachers’ pay structure and classroom teachers’ pay scales for 2018 – 19

  • Advice on Teaching & Learning Responsibility Payments (TLRs) and other allowances such as Special Educational Needs allowances and Recruitment and Retention payments.

  • This guidance summarises the position in respect of pay and conditions for unattached teachers employed by local authorities.

  • This guidance is aimed at new teachers and those returning to teaching service after a break. It explains the basics of the pay structure and gives advice on ensuring you are fairly paid and able to seek the most favourable use of pay discretions.

  • Guidance on the pay and conditions implications of teachers’ participation in out-of-school-hours learning activities
  • What should I expect to be paid as an agency supply teacher? What should I be paid for supply work of less than a day in duration? What happens if a school wants to offer me a permanent job? These and many other key questions are covered in this introductory guide to supply teaching.