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A teaching career can be rewarding, with starting salaries that match and in some cases outstrip those of other graduate professions.
Currently, all qualified teachers in maintained schools are paid according to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document which is updated each September. Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) will start on the six-point main pay scale and progress through it each year, subject to completing a satisfactory year of employment, or move onto a scale associated with a different position or level of responsibility.
Academies and Free Schools are able to set to set their own pay rates for new employees.
After completing initial teacher training (ITT) and achieving qualified teacher status (QTS), NQTs in maintained schools can expect to start on a salary of £21,588 a year in England and Wales (or £27,000 in inner London).
Main pay scale (including NQTs):
Qualified teachers who reach the top of the main pay scale may apply to be assessed against the post-threshold standards (see guidance). If they meet the standards, they cross the ‘threshold’ to the first point on the three-point upper pay scale.
Upper pay scale:
Progression on the upper pay scale is performance based. Governing bodies make the decisions based on recommendations from heads. Teachers will not normally move through the upper pay scale more frequently than every two years.
After the first few years of a teaching career, progress can be made to a leadership pay scale. These include:
In addition to the basic salary, there are a range of benefits and allowances, including:
There is a wealth of information about joining the teaching profession. If you are interested in a career in teaching, find out more on the Teaching Agency pages. Further information about teachers’ salary and benefits is also available. We are currently reviewing how teachers are paid and you can find out more about this process.
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Information about what mechanisms are in place to review teachers' pay and how often this is done.