Qualified teachers' pay scales

(Updated June 2016)

Classroom teachers start on the main pay scale, usually on point M1 although other teaching experience may push them higher up the scale. Schools may also award discretionary points for other relevant experience. Each school’s pay policy should explain how these points are awarded.

Teachers are awarded a pay rise when the pay scales and allowances are updated. Each September, teachers on the main pay scale move to the next point on the scale, subject to satisfactory performance, and may even advance by two points if their performance is excellent.

Qualified teachers who reach the top of the main pay scale can apply to be assessed against eight national standards and if they meet the standards, cross the ‘threshold’ to the upper pay scale. The threshold provides an opportunity for good classroom teachers to progress from M6 to a higher salary range.

Teachers on the upper pay scale receive the usual salary rise when the pay scales are up-rated. However, progression on the upper pay scale is performance based and governing bodies make the decisions on progression, based on recommendations from heads. Teachers don’t normally move through the upper pay scale more frequently than every two years.

Classroom teachers may also be eligible for other payments including Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLR) payments and special needs allowances.

TEACHERS’ PAY

The salary ranges shown in the table below are for 2015/2016, and are revised annually.

Salary ranges:

 

England &
Wales
(excluding 
London
and 
fringes)

Inner 
London

Outer 
London

London 
fringe

Headteachers

Maximum salary               

£107,210           £114,437           £110,243           £108,271           

Minimum salary

£43,665 £50,966 £46,727 £44,733

Leading practitioners

Max

£58,677 £65,978 £61,743 £59,743

Min

£38,598 £45,891 £41,660 £39,660

Upper pay ranges

Max

£37,871 £46,365 £41,660 £38,941

Min

£35,218 £42,756 £38,739 £36,287

Main pay ranges

Max

£32,831 £37,862 £36,540 £33,909

Min

£22,244 £27,819 £25,880 £23,313

Unqualified teachers

Max

£25,776 £29,970 £28,841 £26,843

Min

£16,298 £20,496 £19,359 £17,368

Source: DfE

Additional rewards

In addition to the basic salary you’ll receive:

  • special educational needs (SEN) allowance – if you work as a qualified teacher with pupils with SEN, you could be eligible for an SEN allowance of £2,064 and no more than £4,075 per annum
  • teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments – additional money if you take on more responsibilities

There are two main ranges for TLR payments – TLR 1 and TLR 2. If you take on sustained extra responsibilities, you could be eligible for a salary uplift within one of these ranges, depending on the category your duties come under:

TLR 1 max TLR 1 min TLR 2 max TLR 2 min
£12,770 £7,546 £6,386 £2,613


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