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In England and Wales the pay scales for teachers in maintained schools are determined by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools, and Families, based on recommendations from the School Teachers' Review Body, and are set out in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document. There is a six‐point Main Pay Scale for classroom teachers, for which there are four separate scales which apply according to the geographical location of the school. There is therefore a differentiation in pay scales between teachers in Inner London, Outer London, the London fringes, and the rest of England and Wales, which is intended to allow for the higher costs of accommodation in London and the surrounding area. This is sometimes referred to as the London allowance. The six points on the main scale are known as M1–M6. Teachers taking up their first appointment will normally begin on M1, although mature entrants may be given extra points as an acknowledgement of any relevant experience they bring to their post. The six‐point scale is also known as the common pay spine. Each year of their teaching experience, teachers gain additional points on the spine. They may also be awarded additional allowances for specific responsibilities in roles related to either teaching or management.

Pay for teachers in colleges of further education is calculated on a different scale from that of teachers in schools, and whereas in some cases a further education teacher and a schoolteacher may be teaching classes of comparable size, subject, and age group, the further education teacher is likely to be earning rather less than their opposite number in school. Most colleges in England are members of the Association of Colleges, which represents the colleges in their capacity as employers when carrying out negotiations on pay and conditions with teachers' unions such as the University and College Union (UCU) in the National Joint Forum. In Wales there is an additional negotiating forum, Fforum.

Pay for teachers and lecturers in higher education is negotiated between the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association and unions such as the UCU and the Educational Institute of Scotland. Negotiations take place through an academic subcommittee of the Joint National Committee for Higher Education Staff. The local branches of the unions then negotiate with individual universities, the employers, over the implementation of nationally agreed pay scales. See also advanced skills teacher; excellent teacher scheme; performance threshold.

http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=1916 Links to current details of pay and conditions for teachers and lecturers in further and higher education in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

http://www.teachers.org.uk Current salary details for teachers in maintained schools.

http://www.teachers.org.uk/topichome.php?id=192 Details of Soulbury Pay and Conditions.

Subjects: Education.


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