Teacher pay scales in state schools are used as a guide to decide salaries.
On 21 July, a pay increase was announced for 2020-21 of 3.1 per cent. However, starting salaries for new teachers will rise by 5.5 per cent, while experienced teachers and school leaders will get just 2.75 per cent.
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Getting a pay rise
All teachers are usually awarded a pay rise when the pay scales and allowances are updated. Subject to satisfactory performance, each September, teachers on the main pay scale move to the next point on the scale.
Once at the top of the main pay scale, teachers can apply to go 'through threshold' and be paid on the upper pay scale.
On the upper pay scale, you move up a point every other year. Once at the top of the pay scale, your pay cannot increase unless you take on extra responsibilities, such as a teaching and learning responsibility.
Typically, this pay will not change until the December pay, when the previous three month increase will be back paid.
Teachers who have recorded excellence performance may even advance by two points.
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Qualified teachers may also be eligible for additional payments on top of their regular salary.
Special educational needs (SEN) allowance: If you work with pupils with SEN, you could be eligible for an allowance of between around £2,270 and £4,479 a year.
Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments: If you take on more responsibilities you may be entitled to additional payments of between £2,873-£7,017 (TLR 2) or £8,291 - £14,030 (TLR 1) a year. Or a one off payment of £571 - £2,833 (TLR 3).
*Salaries vary due to location. Figures shown are for 2020/21, and are revised annually.
Please note: The teachers' pay scales listed apply to teachers employed by a local authority or by the governing body of a foundation, voluntary aided or foundation special school. Academies and free schools are not legally required to implement the pay scales, so it is best to request to see their own pay policy.