TheoGriff, who hosts the two TES Forums: JobSeekers and Independent Schools; answers briefly the main FAQs on Pay and Conditions in the Independent Sector. For more detailed answers to these questions, or to browse other posters’ views, or to ask Theo a question, go to the TES Independent Schools Forum.
It all depends! The independent schools do not have to follow the teachers’ payscales, so each school will offer what (a) it can afford and (b) what it needs to pay to ensure that it attracts and keeps the best teachers. Most big schools will match – and exceed – the UPS, but without the “going through the threshold” documentation.