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Pay in Maintained Schools in England


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Teachers' Pay

The term 'maintained school' is used to describe schools maintained by local authorities and includes community schools, foundation schools, foundation schools which have acquired a trust, and voluntary aided schools. 

All maintained schools must adopt a Pay Policy to implement the provisions of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD), which must be reviewed annually in consultation with the NASUWT. The NASUWT Model Pay Policy Checklist outlines essential provisions that should be incorporated into any pay policy.

The NASUWT recommends its Model Pay Policy to schools, which is fully consistent with all statutory requirements, including the provisions of the STPCD. The NASUWT is in dispute with the Secretary of State for Education over changes to teachers' pay. Further information is also available in support of the NASUWT industrial action.


Performance Management

The NASUWT Performance Management/Appraisal Policy Checklist sets out the essential provisions for inclusion in a school's performance management policy.

The NASUWT is in dispute over the Government's changes to the statutory framework for performance management and appraisal in schools. Further information about the NASUWT industrial action and guidance on classroom observation is also available.


Pay Progression

Pay progression for teachers is subject to the outcome of performance management/appraisal reviews.

School Pay Policies must set out the specific arrangements governing pay progression for all teachers, including progression of teachers on the Main and Upper Pay Ranges, progression from the Main Pay Range to the Upper Pay Range and progression for school leaders.  

Applications for pay progression must be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). The NASUWT has produced detailed advice on Performance Management

The NASUWT model policy is an ‘off-the-shelf’ model and conforms with the statutory requirements under the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012, which apply to all maintained schools.


The School Teachers’ Review Body

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) undertakes an independent review of matters referred to it by the Secretary of State for Education in relation to the pay, professional duties and conditions of employment of school teachers in England and Wales.

Before reporting on a matter referred to it, the STRB is required to consult stakeholders, including the NASUWT. 

The STRB makes recommendations to the Secretary of State for Education about teachers' pay or conditions, which the Secretary of State either accepts or rejects. The NASUWT and other stakeholders are consulted further about the Secretary of State's response to the STRB's recommendations. Following this, the Secretary of State's decision on the matters which have been reviewed by the STRB is laid before Parliament.   

The changes to teachers' pay and conditions which Parliament has approved then become statutory for teachers in maintained schools.  

The NASUWT is committed to an independent pay review body mechanism and to the submission of detailed evidence to the Review Body.


Family Friendly Rights

The NASUWT produces guidance for members with children on the provisions for Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. The guidance also contains information on rights to time off for family and domestic reasons.

Advice on the legal requirements in assessing risks in relation to new and expectant mothers’ job activities is set out in the Health and Safety Executive booklet New and Expectant Mothers at Work (new window).

The NASUWT has also produced guidance on requesting Flexible working