School teachers' pay and conditions Q&As

These Questions and Answers (Q&As) on pay and terms & conditions have been formulated by the LGA Schools Sounding Board members who are experienced at applying the STPCD and Burgundy Book in their authorities.


These Q&As have been devised to assist local authorities and schools HR services as guidance for those employers that apply the Burgundy Book and the STPCD. However, local circumstances will vary and any action planned as a result of the LGA Q&As should be verified with your council’s own legal advisers.

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The Q&As

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 – Burgundy book provisions

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 - a reminder of the current provision set out in the Burgundy Book which aims to assist local decision making for school teachers’ absences related to Novel Coronavirus.
Access the NJC circular containing advice about the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 - for school support staff

Burgundy book Conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales

The Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales ('Burgundy Book') is a national agreement between the six school teacher unions and NEOST. 

Current Burgundy book

Burgundy Book 1978 Edition

Burgundy Book 1985 Edition

Continuous service table

Continuous service table

Deduction of a day’s pay

Deduction of a day’s pay

Head teachers’ pay

Head teachers’ pay

Historical pay settlements 1996 to present

Historical pay settlements 1996 to present

Maternity pay

Maternity pay

Resignations at Easter

Resignations at Easter

Safeguarding pay

Safeguarding pay

School teachers' pay & conditions documents (STPCD)

Download the current and most recent versions of the STPCD.

Earlier version of the STPCD are below:

If you need an earlier version, please email schoolteachers@local.gov.uk  

Sick leave/pay

Sick leave/pay

Teaching & Learning Responsibility (TLR) payments

Teaching & Learning Responsibility (TLR) payments

Teachers’ appraisal pay

Teachers’ appraisal pay