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In its 21st report, published on 5 December 2012, the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) recommended that the existing threshold arrangements should be replaced with simple criteria based on one set of standards, and that the current post-threshold standards should be abolished.
The government has consulted on its response to the STRB's recommendations, and accepted all the key recommendations, including those relating to the current arrangements for accessing the upper pay range.
From 1 September 2013, an application to be paid on the upper pay range will be successful where the governing body is satisfied that:
Further information about the recommendations in the School Teachers’ Review Body report can be found on the department website.
Round 13 of the threshold assessment in academic year 2012 to 2013, as set out in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2012, will be the final round of those arrangements.
We have provided model forms which teachers may use when applying for threshold assessment in round 13 (2012 to 2013). Although these are not mandatory, we recommend their use.
Teachers who choose not to use a model form should provide all the information requested by other means. Links to these forms can be found on this page.
Deadlines for submitting requests for threshold assessments in round 13 are:
Teachers in the maintained sector who request a threshold assessment in round 13 will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards (England) or the equivalent standards for teachers in Wales (the Practising Teacher Standards) before being assessed against the post-threshold standards (Annex A on page 3 of this article).
Information about threshold assessment in round 13, including the post-threshold standards, is contained in paragraph 60 onwards of Section 3 of the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2012 which is on the department's website.
The threshold assessment guidance, published for round 10 is not applicable in Round 13.
For round 13 application materials translated into the Welsh language click on the link marked ‘Next’ at the bottom of this page.
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Round 13 England and Wales (This form is for teachers in England who are not subject to the 2012 Appraisal Regulations or the 2006 Performance Management Regulations and teachers in Wales).
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Round 13 England (This form is for teachers in England who have been subject to the 2012 Appraisal Regulations and/or the 2006 Performance Management Regulations for the 2 year period preceding the date of their request for assessment).
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Information about the new Teachers’ Standards effective from 1 September 2012.
Details of the professional standards for a post-threshold teacher.
Information about the recommendations of the School Teachers' Review Body's (STRB) 22nd and 21st reports on teachers' pay.
The school teachers' pay and conditions document contains the statutory requirements for teachers’ pay and conditions that maintained schools and local authorities in England and Wales must abide by.