The STPCD was released on 14 September 2018, confirming the uplifts that will be made to teachers’ pay and how they will be funded.


What uplifts will be made?


In response to the recommendations in the School Teachers’ Review Body’s report, the following uplifts will be applied:

  • Main pay range and unqualified teachers pay range – 3.5 percent uplift to the minimum and maximum
  • Upper pay range, leading practitioner pay range and all allowances across all pay ranges – 2 percent uplift to the minimum and maximum
  • Leadership pay range (including headteacher groups) – 1.5 percent uplift to the minimum and maximum

All pay uplifts will be back-dated to 1 September 2018.


How will the pay increases work?


It is up to schools to set their own pay policies – so not all teachers will automatically get a 3.5, 2 or 1.5 percent pay rise.

Any member of staff employed under the STPCD on the minimum of their pay range must have their pay increased to the new minimum. The salary of all other staff paid elsewhere on the ranges must be determined in line with your pay policy.

The STPCD only applies to teachers in maintained schools. Academies can set their own pay scales, though most opt to base theirs on the STPCD. The only time the STPCD applies to academy teachers is where their employment was transferred from a maintained school to an academy at the point of conversion and their contract has not been renegotiated.


How will the rises be funded?


The rises will mainly be funded by the new teachers’ pay grant – amounting to £187 million in 2018/2019 and £321 million in 2019/2020. This fund will cover the difference between this award and the cost of the 1 percent award that schools would have anticipated under the previous public sector pay cap – this means schools will have to pay for the first 1 percent of the rises.

Schools (including maintained, academies and free schools) will have the grant paid to them based on the number of pupils they have between the ages of 2-19.

For maintained schools, the ESFA will pay the funding to the LA who will then pass the funding to schools in their area at rates published by the DfE. Funding for academies will be paid directly by the ESFA to the academy. Funding will also be allocated to LAs to distribute to institutions who provide for children with high needs; however, the grant does not cover independent special schools.

The DfE will publish further guidance about the grant in October 2018. Payments will be made later in the Autumn – the DfE have not yet confirmed a date.

You can find out more about how the grant will be distributed here.




DfE (2018) ‘Teachers’ pay grant methodology’ <> [Accessed: 14 September 2018]

DfE (2018) ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2018 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions’, p.7

NEU (2017) ‘Academies and trusts pay scales’ <> [Accessed: 14 September 2018]