How much should my pay go up by?

The Government has accepted the STRB’s recommendations as follows – the changes will be formally confirmed in mid-September.

  • 2.75% on the Main Pay Range and Unqualified Teachers’ Range
  • 2.75% on the Upper Pay Range and Leading Practitioner Range
  • 2.75% on TLR and SEN allowance ranges
  • 2.75% on the Leadership Range
  • 2.75% on the Unqualified Teacher Range

As it did last year, the Government is providing a special grant to schools to pay the cost of the above increases (beyond 2% which it says schools should have already budgeted for).

When will I see the increase on my payslip?

Due to the Government’s delay in announcing its decisions on teacher pay, you’re unlikely to get a pay increase until October at the earliest. But your pay increase must be “effective” from 1st September, which means that it must be backdated to then. Check your October payslip – if you haven’t had an increase yet, ask your school for an explanation.

I work in a local authority-maintained school - does my school have to implement these pay increases?

If your school is a local authority-maintained community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided or foundation school in England, it must adopt the increases to the minima and maxima of the pay ranges prescribed in the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). While schools are allowed to determine how they implement the increases for any pay scale points within these ranges, the Government’s decision to provide funding for these increases is the clearest possible indication that schools are expected to implement these increases for all teachers. Most local authorities are expected to issue advice to their schools to do so.

I work in an academy – does my school have to implement these pay increases?

Most academies follow the STPCD pay provisions and most (including those that are part of multi-academy trusts) have already decided to implement these increases. The Government is providing funding to academies as well as local authority schools and, again, this is the clearest possible indication that they are expected to implement these increases for all teachers.

Where can I find information on pay scale points?

Although the STPCD no longer includes prescribed pay scale points on each pay range, schools can still adopt fixed pay scale points as the basis for pay progression. The NEU has previously published joint advice on pay scale points with ASCL, NAHT, UCAC and Voice and similar advice for 2019-20 is in preparation. Most local authorities’ advice on the implementation of the pay increase also recommends the adoption of these pay scale points.

The easiest way to check whether you are being paid on this basis is to use the NEU pay calculator which shows the monthly salary you should be receiving. Don’t forget, though, that backdating means your pay will be higher than usual for the month you receive the increase, assuming you did not receive it from September. You’ll also receive the NEU Salary Card with the next copy of your NEU magazine.

My school says it can’t afford to pay these increases, what can I do?

If there’s any suggestion that the increases won’t be paid in full in your school or academy, seek NEU support immediately.

Is the annual pay increase separate from pay scale progression?

Yes. It’s crucial that teachers receive a cost of living pay increase, separate from and additional to any increase resulting from pay scale progression. For teachers at the top of their pay scale, the cost of living increase will be the only pay increase possible.

Teachers will find out in October or November whether or not they will get pay scale progression, again effective from 1 September. See our advice on appealing against decisions not to award pay progression

What’s the NEU view of this pay increase?

It’s simply not enough.  The latest official prediction for RPI inflation at the time of writing was 3%, so if that prediction proves to be accurate this will be yet another real-terms cut in the value of teacher pay following cuts of some 15% since 2010.  A pay increase of 2.75% is also significantly below pay increases in the wider economy, so teacher pay will be cut again in comparative terms.

This underlines the importance of the NEU pay campaign for a pay increase of 5% as a first step towards the recovery of the real-terms losses since 2010.