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Qualified teachers' pay scales

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Last updated 17 October 2014, created 08 October 2012, viewed 3,989,464

All teacher pay scales in full

(Unchanged from 2010)

Classroom teachers start on the main pay scale, usually on point M1 although other teaching experience may push them higher up the scale. Schools may also More…award discretionary points for other relevant experience. Each school’s pay policy should explain how these points are awarded.

Teachers are awarded a pay rise when the pay scales and allowances are updated. Each September, teachers on the main pay scale move to the next point on the scale, subject to satisfactory performance, and may even advance by two points if their performance is excellent.

Qualified teachers who reach the top of the main pay scale can apply to be assessed against eight national standards and if they meet the standards, cross the ‘threshold’ to the upper pay scale. The threshold provides an opportunity for good classroom teachers to progress from M6 to a higher salary range.

Teachers on the upper pay scale receive the usual salary rise when the pay scales are up-rated. However, progression on the upper pay scale is performance based and governing bodies make the decisions on progression, based on recommendations from heads. Teachers don’t normally move through the upper pay scale more frequently than every two years.

The ATL union has produced a PDF factsheet about threshold and upper pay scale progression, with answers to many common queries on when and how to apply.

Classroom teachers may also be eligible for other payments including Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLR) payments and special needs allowances.


Scale pointAnnual salary England and Wales excluding  London
(band D)
Annual salary inner London area
(band A)
Annual salary outer London area
(band B)
Annual salary Fringe area
(band C)

Source: School Teachers’ Review Body

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Hi all,

I am a 3rd year primary teacher who has discovered they are staying on M2 despite being Literacy/English coordinator and effectively leading a team. Is this fair? Has anyone else had a similar experience?


from TommyP88, 17 October 2014
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I completed my NQT year from 2011-2012 then continued to work at the same school from September 2012 until January 2013. As my contract had ended I then went travelling to Australia for 10 months and started my current job in February 2014 (so I essentially completed a year of teaching but with a year in between!). My performance management is coming up, does anyone know if I am eligible for M2? Or do I need to wait until next September?

from elaine89, 28 September 2014
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I am a teaching who has four year supply behind me. Now I am starting a new contract for maternity and am wondering what payscale I will start on? Will my supply year count towards this?

from emmajones1988, 27 September 2014
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I have 9 years of experience as a government permanent Mathematics teacher in university entrances classes and secondary grades. I am interested in teaching in UK.I have BSc degree with second class(upper division). And i have postgraduate diploma in education with merit.I have completed Master in Science ( sp. Mathematics Education).
Can i work as a teacher in uk? What should i do?

from sumuduabeysinghe, 27 August 2014
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I really need some advice!

I have been teaching at the same school for 8 years and have been on a permanent full time contract. However, I arrived off my holiday today to find a temporary teacher contract until 31st August 2015! I had no idea my contract was changing or my job as I have been given my class for next year as well as literacy lead. Also, what's panicking me more is I am pregnant due to go on Mat leave in Nov.

What should do? Is this normal? Do I contact my LA? Sorry for all the questions but I am alittle bit worried about what's going on.

from Becci84, 23 August 2014
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