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LGA Pay Reference Circular - School Teachers’ Pay 2023/24

The Department for Education (DfE) is expected to publish the final, updated School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2023 early in November (backdated to 1 September 2023).


14 August 2023

Dear colleague

LGA Pay Reference Circular - School Teachers’ Pay 2023/24 

Introduction

The Department for Education (DfE) is expected to publish the final, updated School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2023 early in November (backdated to 1 September 2023). Local authorities and other school employers have continued to request that we publish this circular early so that they can plan in anticipation of the proposed pay uplifts being agreed as detailed in the current draft STPCD 2023, but please remember that this is being published while the official consultation period is still running.

Process and timeline for completion of the 2023 pay cycle

The Government’s deadline for statutory consultee’s (including NEOST) to respond to the proposed pay award (draft STPCD 2023) is 21 September 2023. Once the Government has had time to consider the consultation responses, the final STPCD 2023 will be laid in parliament for a 21-calendar day ‘praying period’ to enable Members of Parliament (MPs) to raise any objections. The DfE have estimated this will take place  around mid-October 2023. This is the statutory process and while in theory this means an MP could submit changes to the STPCD, this has never happened in practice (hence the requests for us to publish this circular as early as possible, which we are doing but also reminding colleagues of that important detail).  

Headlines on teachers' pay 2023

The Government has accepted the School Teachers’ Review Body's (STRB’s) recommendations in full for 2023. Headlines include:

  • 6.5 per cent uplift to all pay points and allowances for both teachers and leaders, apart from;
  • higher uplift for M1 of 7.1 per cent for England and 6.8 per cent for the Fringe. 

Pay reference points 

Greater flexibility was introduced into the pay arrangements for schoolteachers in 2014. It has become increasingly difficult since then to issue joint national guidance that is straightforward for the remaining leadership pay ranges that do not have advisory pay points within the STPCD. The last time we issued joint guidance with the teaching unions on reference points was in 2014. From 2015 onwards our aim has been to set out within this circular, issues that will influence local decision-making and then to calculate what we think are likely to be the most common models. 

It is recognised that some authorities and schools will have local pay structures, which have not followed the STPCD advisory pay points. You will note that the STPCD Advisory Main Pay Range pay points do not include points 6a and 6b, which have been used by some local authorities and schools and have been a past feature of the LGA modelled pay scales, up to 2019.  The STPCD does not contain guidance on how assimilation onto the proposed advisory pay points should be managed in these cases, and local authorities and schools will need to determine (in consultation with their unions and staff representative bodies) an appropriate methodology and timescale where they choose to move to the published advisory pay points.

The NEOST view based on feedback from our stakeholders is that the majority of schools still welcome the clarity of  a consistent pay spine, produced and shared by the LGA, across all the pay ranges. This can then be used locally to manage the required performance-related progression at school-level. School pay policies for 2022/23 will have set out the basis for determining the level of any pay progression for the school’s teachers and leaders from 1 September 2023. There remains broad support within the sector for not conflating the STRB recommended award and performance awards.

For the avoidance of doubt, we are not recommending any particular approach be taken.

The appendix contains, the proposed STPCD 2023 advisory pay spine for the Unqualified Teachers, Main and Upper Pay Ranges. 

Please note, points 18*, 21*, 24*, 27*, 31*, 35*, 39* and 43 on the Leadership Pay Range are the proposed salary figures for head teachers at, or moving to, the top of the school group ranges only. These different figures are a legacy of the 2015 STPCD which provided for no uplift to the maxima of the eight head teacher group ranges.

All the information relating to 2023 Teachers’ pay and the STRB process, including the tracked changed draft STPCD 2023 can be found on the LGA website.

Yours faithfully,

Selena Lansley

Senior Adviser (Workforce and Negotiations)

APPENDIX

 

PROPOSED UNQUALIFIED TEACHER PAY RANGE
Proposed STPCD Unqualified teachers’ pay range - advisory reference points 2023/24
    England

Fringe 

area

Outer 

London

Inner 

London

Minimum U1 20,598  21,933  24,415  25,831 
  U2 22,961  24,293  26,779  28,194 
  U3 25,323  26,656  29,141  30,557
  U4 27,406  28,738  31,229  32,640 
  U5 29,772  31,102  33,590  35,000 
Maximum U6 32,134  33,464  35,954  37,362 

 

PROPOSED MAIN PAY RANGE
Proposed STPCD Main Pay Range - advisory reference points 2023/24
    England  Fringe Area Outer London Inner London
Minimum M1 30,000   31,350   34,514   36,745  
  M2 31,737   33,150   36,320   38,491  
  M3 33,814   35,204   38,219   40,318  
  M4 36,051   37,436   40,218   42,233  
  M5 38,330   39,687   42,654   44,615  
Maximum M6 41,333   42,689   46,001   47,666  

PROPOSED UPPER PAY RANGE
Proposed STPCD Upper Pay Range - advisory reference points 2023/24
    England Fringe Area Outer London Inner London
Minimum U1 43,266   44,579   47,592   52,526  
  U2 44,870   46,179   49,353   55,107  
Maximum U3 46,525   47,839   51,179   56,959  

 

PROPOSED LEADING PRACTITIONERS’ PAY RANGE
Proposed STPCD Leading Practitioners pay range – min. and max. pay range 2023/24
    England Fringe Area Outer London Inner London
Minimum   47,417 48,723 51,179 56,377
Maximum   72,085 73,393 75,850 81,051

 

PROPOSED DISCRETIONARY LEADERSHIP REFERENCE POINTS 2023/24
 

PROPOSED DISCRETIONARY LEADERSHIP REFERENCE POINTS 2023/24

 

England

Fringe Area

Outer London

Inner London

1

47,185

48,484

50,929

56,100

2

48,366

49,668

52,113

57,288

3

49,574

50,876

53,314

58,500

4

50,807

52,116

54,555

59,731

5

52,074

53,383

55,822

61,004

6

53,380

54,685

57,124

62,304

7

54,816

56,126

58,565

63,745

8

56,082

57,383

59,826

65,007

9

57,482

58,785

61,225

66,402

10

58,959

60,261

62,703

67,880

11

60,488

61,789

64,229

69,407

12

61,882

63,189

65,629

70,807

13

63,430

64,737

67,178

72,351

14

65,010

66,316

68,749

73,933

15

66,628

67,928

70,368

75,545

16

68,400

69,705

72,144

77,324

17

69,970

71,285

73,718

78,896

18*

71,019

72,311

74,730

79,856

18

71,729

73,034

75,478

80,655

19

73,509

74,811

77,258

82,433

20

75,331

76,641

79,076

84,256

21*

76,430

77,730

80,142

85,267

21

77,195

78,507

80,944

86,119

22

79,112

80,419

82,852

88,036

23

81,070

82,373

84,812

89,989

24*

82,258

83,554

85,965

91,095

24

83,081

84,391

86,826

92,007

25

85,146

86,450

88,890

94,067

26

87,253

88,561

90,995

96,172

27*

88,530

89,818

92,234

97,359

27

89,414

90,718

93,157

98,332

28

91,633

92,933

95,377

100,552

29

93,902

95,207

97,642

102,827

30

96,239

97,536

99,980

105,160

31*

97,639

98,935

101,350

106,476

31

98,616

99,924

102,364

107,541

32

101,067

102,376

104,808

109,986

33

103,578

104,887

107,325

112,502

34

106,138

107,446

109,884

115,062

35*

107,700

108,995

111,406

116,535

35

108,776

110,085

112,519

117,700

36

111,470

112,774

115,210

120,389

37

114,240

115,547

117,987

123,168

38

117,067

118,373

120,813

125,988

39*

118,732

120,021

122,437

127,564

39

119,921

121,222

123,662

128,840

40

122,912

124,223

126,661

131,840

41

125,983

127,289

129,729

134,913

42

129,140

130,448

132,881

138,062

43*

131,056

132,352

134,765

139,891

*These points are the maximum salaries for the eight head teacher group ranges