The DfE has published the ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document’ (STPCD) 2021, confirming the 2021 pay award and pay scales. Our article breaks down what you need to know.
- [New] The pay award and scales reflect the public sector pay freeze
- [New] Teachers earning less than £24,000 (in most areas) will receive a £250 pay rise
- [New] There is a new advisory pay point structure for the unqualified teacher pay range (UTPR)
- [New] The requirement around the number of workings days has been changed to account for the extra Bank Holiday in 2022
- [New] Changes have been made to reflect the new approach to statutory induction
[New] The pay award and scales reflect the public sector pay freeze
In last year’s Spending Review, the government announced a pay freeze for all public sector workers earning more than £24,000 a year (in most areas). This means that most teacher, and all leadership, pay scales will be the same in 2021/2022 as they were in 2020/2021. Teaching and learning (TLR) payments and the SEN allowance have also remained the same.
The STPCD only applies to teachers in maintained schools. Academies can set their own pay scales, although most opt to base theirs on the STPCD. The only instance in which the STPCD applies to academy teachers is when their employment was transferred from a maintained school to an academy at the point of conversion and their contract has not been renegotiated.
Following the announcement of the pay freeze, the government confirmed that the freeze does not apply to pay progression in all schools and does not apply to academies.
[New] Teachers earning less than £24,000 (in most areas) will receive a £250 pay rise
The STPCD 2021 confirms that a consolidated pay award of £250 will be awarded to all teachers whose full-time equivalent basic earnings 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.
Any part-time teacher whose full-time equivalent basic earnings meet the eligibility criteria will receive the pay award on a pro-rata basis according to their contracted hours.
The STPCD states that the award should be paid to all eligible teachers, whether located on a published pay point or not, and should be independent of any other professional considerations.
Relevant bodies should also ensure that the implementation of the 2021 pay award complies with the National Living Wage policy. All pay uplifts should be back dated to 1 September 2021.
[New] There is a new advisory pay point structure for the unqualified teacher pay range (UTPR)
In line with a recommendation made by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the STPCD introduces an advisory pay point structure for the UTPR. This can be found in Annex 4 of the STPCD.
[New] A teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payment may be awarded to teachers carrying out catch-up tutoring
Teachers who are undertaking planning, preparation, coordination, or delivery of tutoring to provide catch-up support to pupils on learning which was lost due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be awarded a TLR3 payment, providing that the tutoring work is taking place outside of normal directed hours but during the school day.
Usually, consecutive TLR3s for the same responsibility should not be awarded; however, the STPCD states that this does not apply to tutoring as set out above.
[New] The requirement around the number of working days has been changed to account for the extra Bank Holiday in 2022
On Friday 3 June 2022, there will be an additional Bank Holiday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There are a number of changes within the STPCD that have been made to account for this extra Bank Holiday, including changing the required working days for a full-time teacher from 195 days to 194 days. Of the 194 days, 189 days must be days on which the teacher may be required to teach pupils and perform other duties (which is down from 190 in a normal year).
[New] Changes have been made to reflect the new approach to statutory induction
In September 2021, a new approach to the statutory induction of early career teachers (ECTs) was introduced – the STPCD has been updated to reflect this. A school’s relevant body must determine performance and pay recommendations in relation to the new statutory induction process, and ensure that ECTs are not negatively affected by the extension of the induction period from one to two years. Schools, however, are not prevented from awarding pay progression to ECTs at the end of their first year.
- Review your policies against the STPCD to ensure the confirmed uplifts are in place – the STPCD can be viewed here.
- We have updated our model Teachers’ Pay Policy in line with the SPTCD 2021.
DfE (2021) ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2021 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions’
NASUWT (2021) ‘England Pay Award’ <https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/advice/pay-pensions/pay-award/england-pay-award.html> [Accessed: 1 October 2021]