Pay and pensions


FAQs on teachers' pay in England and Wales

These FAQs reflect the current situation and will be updated as more clarification is given by the government.

Previous sixth form colleges pay scales

These are the previous pay scales for sixth form colleges in England and Wales, in use before 1 September 2016.
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FE pay negotiations

Annual national negotiations on FE pay in England are conducted in the National Joint Forum (NJF) consisting of ATL and other recognised unions and the Association of Colleges.
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Teachers’ pay: latest news

The government have issued the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) with their latest remit for teachers’ pay - capping public sector pay at an average of 1% until 2020.
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Maintained sector pay scales

Below are the current pay scales for teachers in maintained schools in England and Wales, including lead practitioner, and TLR and SEN allowances, and recommended pay levels for 2015/16.
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Salary sacrifice

Teachers in maintained schools and nurseries can participate in certain salary sacrifice arrangements offered by their employers.


Threshold assessment is intended to reward good teachers who want to remain in the classroom.

Unsuccessful threshold applications

Advice for any teacher who submitted an unsuccessful threshold application is always available from ATL.
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Independent sector pay scales

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

Northern Ireland unqualified teachers pay scales

The figures below are set out in the most recent teachers' pay circular, 2015/18, issued in July 2015.