Teachers’ pay: latest news

Pay and pensions
16 January 2017
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The government has now published the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) recommendations for teachers’ pay - capping public sector pay at an average of one per cent until 2020.

The recommendations are:

  • A one per cent uplift to minimum and maximum level of the upper pay range, the leadership pay range, unqualified teachers’ pay range and the leading practitioners pay range;
  • A one per cent increase to the minimum and maximum values payable as teaching and learning responsibility payments (TLRs) and special educational needs allowances (SEN); and
  • A two per cent uplift to the minimum and maximum level of the main pay range.

Read ATL’s initial response to the Report and the full Report and recommendations.

ATL and NUT have submitted a joint response to the Report.

ATL has also submitted a response with ASCL, NAHT, NUT, UCAC and Voice.

School Teachers’ Review Body 27th Report

The government had issued the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) with their latest remit for teachers’ pay - capping public sector pay at an average of one per cent until 2020.

A letter from the Treasury confirms the government’s intention to continue limiting public sector pay - including for teachers - to an average of one percent a year until 2019/20.

The STRB were asked to make recommendations based on:

  • recruitment and retention
  • teachers’ pay in comparison with other graduate professions and the wider economy
  • schools’ financial positions.

Mary Bousted’s blog gives an accurate account of the current state of teachers’ pay and you can read ATL's evidence to the STRB and the supplementary evidence for further information. ATL and the NUT have also surveyed members on pay progression and the interim results have been submitted to the STRB. ATL also submitted a joint statement to the STRB along with ASCL, NAHT, NUT, UCAC and Voice and submitted additional evidence to the STRB in March 2017.

Joint Advice and Pay Scale Points 2017/18

Working with 5 other unions across England and Wales, ATL has jointly produced advice on the application of the proposed changes to the STPCD, including the adoption of pay scales and the application of individual pay increases. This joint advice will be sent to all schools following the formal confirmation of the proposed changes and the publication of the 2017 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

Pay scales for 2016-17

ATL, along with ASCL, NAHT, NUT, UCAC and Voice, have produced a joint advice which sets out pay scales for 2016-17 which have been revised in line with the recommended increases in teachers' pay ranges.

Full details of the statutory arrangements for teachers' salaries can be found in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2016 and associated guidance. 

School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document

This sets out teachers' terms and conditions of employment, including information about working time and teachers' professional duties. A copy of the STPCD should be available in all schools and other educational settings.

Other conditions of service such as sick pay, maternity leave and notice periods are negotiated between the national employers and teacher unions and can be found in the Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales (or Burgundy book).

Schools and other education institutions in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man set their own pay arrangements guided by the state sector pay system

Pay progression

Pay progression is now closely linked to the outcome of your performance appraisal. ATL has produced a series of factsheets which will help you prepare for your appraisal review meeting.

The DfE has released three guidance notes for schools which you may find helpful. They are:

Changes to your school pay policy

As schools may be looking to amend their pay policies in time for the new academic year, ATL has produced a series of frequently asked questions, pay policy guidance and a pay policy checklist to help school reps with negotiations.

Where recommended, model policies agreed by local authorities and unions should be implemented.

Need further advice?

Your first point of contact is your ATL/AMiE rep in your school or college. Your local ATL/AMiE branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact AMiE's member advisors on tel: 0345 8118111 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.