What salary can you expect as a newly qualified teacher?

TES Institute Team

6th June 2016 at 16:00

What salary can you expect as a newly qualified teacher?

Teaching offers a high level of job satisfaction, but it also offers competitive salaries. The salary you receive may vary slightly depending on the location you are teaching in, but there is a specific pay scale put in place for state-run schools that gives some indication of what you can expect as an NQT.

What does a newly qualified teacher earn?

The minimum salary for qualified teachers in England is £22,244 at the time of the 2015/2016 year, according to the Department for Education. This minimum increases for teachers in London. Those teaching in schools designated as part of the London fringe earn a minimum of £23,313. Outer London schools offer a NQT starting salary of £25,880, and those in inner London pay a minimum of £27,819. These numbers are revised each year. Salaries in Northern Ireland start at a minimum of £21,804, and in Scotland at £21,867. There are also some parts of Scotland where it’s possible to obtain an additional allowance for working in a remote location. This includes the Remote Schools Allowance and Distant Island Allowance. Scotland does not however, recognise employment based routes to QTs including: Teach First (without PGCE), QTS assessment only routes, the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTTP), the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and School Direct programmes which do not lead to the award of a PGCE. If NQTs with a PGCE agree to work anywhere in Scotland they may receive an additional salary boost of £8,000 for their first year of teaching under the Preference Waiver Scheme.

Teaching is a field in which it is easy to jump up the pay scale fairly quickly, so you can expect many chances to boost the minimum figures listed above. Schools often offer incentives to qualified teachers to retain their best talent and provide continuity for students. As a result, progression within the pay scale is determined not necessarily by length of time, but by performance. They may also start an NQT on a higher salary if they are qualified to teach a subject in particularly short supply such as physics or maths. As a newly qualified teacher just entering the workforce, you can expect to start out at the minimum rate. Exceptions may be made for mature entrants to teaching who may have additional work experience. The school may choose to recognise this experience and start the NQT at a higher pay rate. This starting salary will be stated clearly when you receive a written confirmation of appointment.

Room for Negotiation

Most newly qualified teachers will start out at the minimum payment level described above. However, there may be some room for negotiation depending on the subject you teach, the school’s geographical location, and other factors. For example a remote school in high need of qualified teachers may be willing to bump up your starting salary, as in Scotland. Independent schools, city technology colleges, and academies also may offer a different NQT teaching salary. This may be similar to nearby state schools or it could vary significantly. Some newly qualified teachers opt to supplement their starting pay with private tuition during the holidays.

Additional Benefits

In addition to your NQT starting salary, there are a number of enticing benefits for teachers. Chief among these is the amount of holidays you get. Teachers generally receive more days off than other professions, with most working for 195 days out of the year in school with a number of additional working days during school holidays. Teachers qualified to work with pupils with special educational needs (SEN) could be eligible for a SEN allowance. This ranges from £2,064 to £4,075 per year.

Another way to boost your NQT primary salary is by taking on additional responsibilities at school. Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments can increase your salary from between £2,613 to £12,770 depending on the category of your enhanced duties. These additional responsibilities may involve training other teachers, helping develop a subject or curriculum area, or leading additional courses other than the assigned group of pupils. This type of activity usually involves more experience than a newly qualified teacher would have, but there may be exceptions. If you do undertake a TLR post you will need to ensure the group overseeing your NQT Induction, the Appropriate Body, are aware of this.

What is life like as an NQT?

See teaching through the eyes of a Newly Qualified Teacher by reading these blog posts written by Harpreet Kaur who is teaching Maths at a school in Essex. As the year progresses Harpreet will be giving an insight into life as a new teacher and sharing some tips as well as her experiences along the way.