What salary can you expect as a newly qualified teacher?

NQT salary: what to 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 your location and other factors 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 for the 2017/2018 year is £22,917 according to the Department for Education and this is revised yearly. The minimum increases for teachers in London and depending on your location, you could earn:

  • London fringe: salaries start at £24,018.
  • Outer London schools: salaries start at £26,662
  • Inner London schools: salaries start at £28,660

Other determining factors for an NQT’s salary could be:

  • If you are qualified to teach a subject in particularly short supply such as physics or maths
  • If you are a mature entrant to teaching with additional work experience, your school may choose to recognise this experience and start you at a higher pay rate

Your starting salary will be stated clearly when you receive a written confirmation of appointment.

Can I negotiate my salary?

Most newly qualified teachers will start out at the minimum payment level described above however Independent schools, city technology colleges, and academies may offer a different NQT teaching salary.

There may also be some room for negotiation depending on the subject you teach, extra responsibilities you take up and the school’s location. For example, a remote school in Scotland, in high need of qualified teachers may be willing to bump up your starting salary.

What extra responsibilities could increase my salary?

Teaching is a field in which you can expect the chance to progress and schools often offer incentives to qualified teachers to retain their best teachers and provide continuity for students. As a result, progression within the pay scale is determined not necessarily by length of time, but by performance.

Teachers also have the chance to take up extra responsibilities- you could boost your primary or secondary NQT salary by taking on additional responsibilities at school. Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments can increase your salary from between £529 to £13,027 depending on the category of your enhanced duties. These types of activity usually involve more experience than a newly qualified teacher would typically 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.

Additional responsibilities may involve:

  • Training other teachers
  • Helping develop a subject or curriculum area
  • Leading additional courses other than the assigned group of pupils.

If you are qualified to work with pupils with special educational needs (SEN) you could also be eligible for a SEN allowance, which ranges from £2,106 to £4,158 per year.

Some newly qualified teachers also opt to supplement their starting pay with private tuition during the holidays.

How many days of holiday does an NQT receive?

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.

How about Scotland and Northern Ireland?

Salaries in Northern Ireland start at a minimum of £22,022, 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 and Northern Ireland do 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.

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 teaches Maths at a school in Essex.