School teachers’ pay 2021/22

The Department for Education (DfE) has now published the 2021 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).


12 October 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has now published the 2021 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) which comes into force on 22 October 2021 (backdated to 1 September 2021).

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (England) Order 2021

  • Laid before Parliament: 1 October 2021
  • Coming into force: 22 October 2021
  • backdated to 1 September 2021

The provisions set out in Section 2 of the Document have effect on and after 1st September 2021 for the purposes of determining:

  1. the remuneration of schoolteachers;
  2. other conditions of employment of schoolteachers which relate to their professional duties or working time.

The Government did not ask the STRB to recommend any pay awards for teachers’ earning £24k (FTE) or more as a result of the public sector pay freeze policy. The STRB was asked however to recommend applying a £250 consolidated pay uplift for any unqualified teachers paid less than £24k (FTE).  The Government accepted the STRB’s recommendations in full. The changes are:

  •  A consolidated award of £250 is awarded to all teachers whose full-time equivalent basic earnings (excluding allowances) are less than: 
    • £24,000 in the rest of England
    • £25,194 in the Fringe
    • £27,419 in Outer London
    • £28,681 in Inner London
  • Advisory pay points reintroduced for the Unqualified Teachers Pay Range 2021, which include the £250 consolidated award across the pay areas on the bottom three pay points
  • A reduction of 1 day from 195 to 194 that teachers (FTE) must be available to work as a result of the additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June 2022 to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
  • Incorporates the statutory induction changes for Early Career Teachers (ECTs)
  • Introduces flexibilities around TLR3 payments for tutoring which is part of the education catch up programme to address learning disruption as a result of the pandemic.

As a result of NEOST lobbying the DfE, the final document includes additional wording from what was included in the draft STPCD 2021 ( that a  significant number of local authorities asked for) to help clarify the intended highly restrictive use of the new catch up tutoring flexibilities under TLR3 payments.

Since 2014 when greater flexibility was introduced into the pay arrangements for schoolteachers, it has become more difficult to issue national guidance that is straightforward for the remaining pay ranges that do not have advisory pay points within the STPCD. You will recall that in 2014 we last issued joint guidance on reference points with the teaching unions. From 2015 onwards our aim for this circular is set out issues that will influence local decision-making and then to ‘do the maths’ on 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 most “common models” over recent years. The STPCD 2021 makes it clear that the £250 consolidated award should be paid to all eligible teachers, whether located on a ’published pay point or not and should be independent of any progression considerations’.

You will also note that the Advisory Main Pay Range pay points do not include the structure of 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 the unions and staff representative bodies, an appropriate methodology and timescale where they chose to move to the published advisory pay points.

The NEOST view based on feedback from our stakeholders is that the majority of schools do still want a consistent pay spine produced by the LGA for them across all the pay ranges which they can use to manage the required performance-related progression at school-level. School pay policies for 2020/21 will have set out the basis for determining the level of any pay progression for the school’s teachers, including the head teacher, from 1 September 2021. There remains broad support within the sector for not conflating cost of living and performance awards.

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

The Appendix contains, the STPCD advisory pay spine for the Unqualified Teachers Pay Range for 2021.  For other ranges including the advisory pay points for MPR and UPR, the figures retain the same values as 2020 as a result of the pay freeze.

Please note, points 18*, 21*, 24*, 27*, 31*, 35*, 39* and 43 on the Leadership Pay Range are the 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 2021 Teachers pay and the STRB process can be found on the LGA website.

Yours faithfully,
Selena Lansley
Senior Adviser (Workforce and Negotiations)

Appendix

Main pay range

STPCD advisory points 2021/22

Main pay range - STPCD advisory points 2021/22
    England Inner London Outer London Fringe Area
Minimum M1 25,714 32,157 29,915 26,948
  M2 27,600 33,658 31,604 28,828
  M3 29,664 35,226 33,383 30,883
  M4 31,778 36,866 35,264 32,999
  M5 34,100 39,492 38,052 35,307
Maximum M6 36,961 42,624 41,136 38,174

 

Upper pay range

STPCD advisory points 2021/22

Upper pay range - STPCD advisory points 2021/22
    England Inner London Outer London Fringe Area
Minimum U1 38,690 46,971 42,559 39,864
  U2 40,124 49,279 44,133 41,295
Maximum U3 41,604 50,935 45,766 42,780

 

Unqualified teacher pay range

Discretionary reference points 2021/22

Unqualified teacher pay range - discretionary reference points 2021/22
    England Fringe area Outer London Inner London
Minimum 1 18,419 19,613 21,832 23,099
  2 20,532 21,723 23,946 25,212
  3 22,644 23,837 26,059 27,325
  4 24,507 25,699 27,926 29,187
  5 26,622 27,812 30,037 31,298
Maximum 6 28,735 29,924 32,151 33,410

 

Leading Practitioners pay range

STPCD minimum and maximum pay range
2021/22

Leading Practitioners pay range - STPCD minimum and maximum pay range 2021/22
    England Inner London Outer London Fringe Area
Minimum   42,402 50,415 45,766 43,570
Maximum   64,461 72,480 67,828 65,631

 

Leadership Group pay range

Discretionary reference points 2021/22

Leadership Group pay range - Discretionary reference points 2021/22
  England Inner London Outer London Fringe Area
1 42,195 50,167 45,542 43,356
2 43,251 51,229 46,601 44,415
3 44,331 52,313 47,676 45,495
4 45,434 53,414 48,785 46,604
5 46,566 54,552 49,919 47,737
6 47,735 55,715 51,082 48,901
7 49,019 57,003 52,371 50,190
8 50,151 58,132 53,499 51,314
9 51,402 59,380 54,750 52,568
10 52,723 60,701 56,072 53,888
11 54,091 62,066 57,436 55,254
12 55,338 63,319 58,688 56,506
13 56,721 64,700 60,073 57,890
14 58,135 66,114 61,479 59,302
15 59,581 67,556 62,926 60,744
16 61,166 69,146 64,514 62,333
17 62,570 70,552 65,921 63,746
18* 63,508 71,411 66,827 64,663
18 64,143 72,125 67,496 65,310
19 65,735 73,715 69,087 66,900
20 67,364 75,345 70,713 68,536
21* 68,347 76,249 71,666 69,509
21 69,031 77,011 72,383 70,204
22 70,745 78,725 74,090 71,914
23 72,497 80,472 75,842 73,661
24* 73,559 81,461 76,874 74,718
24 74,295 82,277 77,643 75,466
25 76,141 84,119 79,489 77,307
26 78,025 86,001 81,372 79,195
27* 79,167 87,062 82,480 80,320
27 79,958 87,933 83,305 81,124
28 81,942 89,919 85,290 83,105
29 83,971 91,953 87,316 85,139
30 86,061 94,039 89,406 87,221
31* 87,313 95,216 90,632 88,472
31 88,187 96,168 91,539 89,357
32 90,379 98,355 93,724 91,549
33 92,624 100,604 95,975 93,795
34 94,914 102,894 98,263 96,083
35* 96,310 104,211 99,624 97,468
35 97,273 105,253 100,620 98,443
36 99,681 107,658 103,026 100,848
37 102,159 110,142 105,509 103,327
38 104,687 112,664 108,037 105,855
39* 106,176 114,074 109,489 107,328
39 107,239 115,215 110,584 108,402
40 109,914 117,898 113,266 111,086
41 112,660 120,645 116,010 113,828
42 115,483 123,461 118,828 116,653
43 117,197 125,098 120,513 118,356

* These points and point 43 are the maximum salaries for the eight head teacher group ranges.