Note that the government has replaced the teachers' pay & conditions document to introduce considerably greater flexibility to teachers' pay with effect from September 2013. This means that many of the national features of the framework are no longer applied to all schools. Teachers will need to check their own school's policy.

What will my take home pay be? *Updated May 2017*

The TES FAQ now provides an Excel file to calculate take-home pay for teachers paid on any of the main salary grades in England.

Download the Excel file below, and enter your salary details to see an estimate of your monthly take-home pay. (Estimates will not be entirely accurate due to tax calculation methods and slight variations linked to union deductions, but will normally be within a few pounds of the true amount).
Estimates for pay scales are provided based on scales agreed by the various teacher unions in collaboration.

What are the main pay scales?

Teachers employed under the School Teachers Pay & Conditions document are currently paid on one of a number of ranges. Heads, Deputies & Assistant Heads are paid on the Leadership spine; other teachers are paid either on the Main Pay scale or the Upper Pay Scale and may also receive an additional 'Teaching & Learning Responsibility' (TLR) payment for a role of responsibility. From September 2013 these scales have been replaced by un-scaled ranges, with only a pre-determined minimum and maximum. It is for schools to select pay points in between.

There are separate scales for unqualified teachers.

Pay scales, with values, can be found on the TES website here:

Can I start on a point other than M1?

Newly-qualified teachers usually started on point M1 of the main pay scale historically (Currently around £21000 outside London). However, schools are allowed to place NQTs higher up the pay scale if they feel that they have relevant experience, or are perhaps teaching a shortage subject. This decision is entirely at the discretion of each school, and NQTs who start at points other than M1 are less common than those in the norm.

Do I automatically move up each September?

From September 2014 there will be no automatic progression on any pay scale.

Progression arrangements should be specified in your school's pay policy and are likely to be linked to appraisal arrangements.

Once teachers reach the top of the pay scale, progression to the Upper Pay range must be applied for, and evidence must be presented to the Headteacher to reflect the applicant's suitability for progression. more information on eligibility to 'cross the threshold' can be found on the DfE website

Can I move up the scale, even though I haven't completed induction?


Completion of induction (or otherwise) does not directly affect pay, unless stated in your school's pay policy.

What areas are included in the London & Fringe regions?

There are separate pay ranges for teachers who work at schools in and around London. These are divided into three areas - Inner London, Outer London and the London Fringe. The map below shows how each of the London boroughs is divided between the Inner and Outer bounds:

1 Barking & Dagenham
4 Brent
6 Camden
7 City of Westminster
8 City of London
10 Ealing
12 Greenwich
13 Hackney
14 Hammersmith & Fulham 
15 Haringey
20 Islington
21 Lambeth
22 Lewisham
23 Merton
24 Newham
27 Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
29 Southwark
31 Tower Hamlets
33 Wandsworth

2 Barnet
3 Bexley
5 Bromley
9 Croydon
11 Enfield
16 Harrow
17 Havering
18 Hillingdon
19 Hounslow
25 Redbridge
26 Richmond upon Thames
28 Royal Borough of Kingson upon Thames
30 Sutton
32 Waltham Forest

Areas which attract London Fringe payments are those which fall the following areas around the capital:

 1 Bracknell
2 Windsor & Maidenhead
3 Slough
4 South Bucks
5 Chiltern
6 Three Rivers
7 Dacorum
8 Watford
9 Hertsmere
10 St Albans
11 Welwyn Hatfield
12 Broxbourne
13 East Hertfordshire
14 Harlow
15 Epping Forest
16 Brentwood
 17 Basildon
18 Thurrock
19 Dartford
20 Sevenoaks
21 Tandridge
22 Reigate & Banstead
23 Crawley
24 Epson & Ewell
25 Mole Valley
26 Elmbridge
27 Guildford
28 Waverley
29 Woking
30 Spelthorne
31 Runnymede
32 Surrey Heath

What are the rules about TLR payments?

There is a separate section of the FAQ answering questions about TLR payments at this page: TLR Payments.

Can I still get a Recruitment & Retention allowance?

Since the changes introduced to the STPCD, there have been some changes in this respect. Schools are still able to award a recruitment allowance in the form of additional pay (lump sum or payments), but there are no specific amounts or schedules.

What fraction of pay should I get as a part-timer?

You can find out about how to calculate what fraction of pay you should earn on a part-time contract by visiting the Part-time Pay pages.

What date of the month will I get paid?

There is a partial list of Local Authorities and the dates on which they pay their teaching staff on the Pay Day page.

Tafkam TES,
5 Mar 2017, 05:30