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Scotland: Main grade and chartered teachers' pay spine

Career | Published 1 September, 2012

Pay scales for probationary, registered and chartered teachers in Scotland

Registered teachers are remunerated according to the main pay scale and increase their pay by a point on the spine each year until they reach the maximum. Probationary teachers have to be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland before they can move to the main pay scale. Teachers who are experienced and ambitious, and prepared to pay for the necessary extra professional qualification, are eligible to become chartered teachers.

A pay spine for chartered teachers was introduced in Scotland in 2003 as a means of enabling teachers to pursue senior careers in the classroom without having to become principals or head teachers. Teachers have to study for further professional qualifications and be prepared to find the finance for these studies. However, their efforts earn them a more generous pay packet of up to £41,925 per annum at the top end.

Pay structures have been agreed up until 1 April 2011.


Main grade

Point1 April 20081 April 20091 April 2010
0 (Probationer)20,42720,93721,438

Source: Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers


Chartered teacher spine

Point1 April 20081 April 20091 April 2010

Source: Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers

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