Independent sector pay

Teachers employed in the independent sector have no nationally agreed pay scales.

Independent schools do not have to pay their teachers in accordance with the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) in England and Wales, Teachers' Salaries and Conditions of Service Committee ciculars in Northern Ireland or the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers pay deal in Scotland.

However, some independent schools state that they will pay in line with the maintained sector.

Checklist for independent staff

If you are employed in the independent sector you should ensure that you request a copy of the school's pay policy and scale prior to accepting your appointment.

You may wish to check the following points prior to accepting your post:

  • your starting salary

  • if there is any progression on the pay scale

  • when any progression will take place

  • what you have to do to progress

  • if there is an annual cost of living increase added to all pay scales and how this is determined

  • if there are any other benefits for teachers at the school.

Need further advice?

Your first point of contact is your ATL rep in your school or college. Your local ATL branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact ATL's member advisors on tel: 020 7930 6441 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.


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