4 Oct

Classroom Teachers’ Pay Scales 2016/17

Classroom Teachers’ Pay Agreement 2016/17

 

The Government has confirmed its decision to accept the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on pay for 2016-17 and has published the draft 2016 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

The STPCD now only prescribes pay ranges with minimum and maximum points. The DfE no longer publishes any pay scale points for reference, either in the STPCD or in Departmental advice documents. The STPCD continues, however, to permit the adoption of fixed pay scale points as the basis for teachers’ pay progression, including by continuing to use previous STPCD pay scale points uprated as appropriate.

The STRB recommended a 1% increase in the minima and maxima of STPCD pay ranges.

We jointly advise that all values of pay scale points, allowances and ranges for allowances set out in school pay policies should therefore also be increased by 1%. The pay scale points set out in this document reflect this increase.

The revised scale points for 2016/17 (effective September 2016) can be accessed here:

https://www.teachers.org.uk/sites/default/files2014/2016-17-pay-scale-points-joint-advice-final-0.pdf

 

The STPCD continues to provide at Part 1 that “schools must determine – in accordance with their own pay policy – how to apply the uplift to individual salaries and pay ranges”. The STPCD provisions that “the decision whether or not to award pay progression must be related to the teacher’s performance” (para 19.2.b) and that “pay decisions must be clearly attributable to the performance of the teacher in question” (para 19.2.d) require that teachers should meet relevant performance criteria for progression on their pay scale if eligible, but do not preclude a pay increase consequential upon the revalorisation of pay scales set out in the school’s pay policy. Notwithstanding the differing positions on the principle, between the Government and the Unions[1],  on performance-related pay progression, the Unions believe that a distinction can and should be maintained between pay increases arising from progression on pay scales and pay increases arising from the revalorisation of pay scales for cost of living purposes

[1] The Joint Advice on the pay settlement involved a number of Unions, including:  Association of School and College Leaders; ATL, the Education Union; NAHT, National Association of Head Teachers; NUT, National Union of Teachers; UCAC, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrowan Cymru; and VOICE, the Union for Educational Professionals

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