Human resources

School pay award for teaching staff 2018 proposal

Teachers’ pay grant methodology’ with revised rates for primary schools March 2019 (GOV.UK)
Guidance on the teachers' pay grant for the financial years 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020.

The DfE have republished the teachers’ pay grant allocations for the period September 2018 to March 2019. The revised allocations tables are available on the above link.

Teachers' pay grant September 2018 to March 2019 financial year allocations 28 November 2018 (GOV.UK)

In the original allocations tables, published in October, a double-counting issue affected pupil numbers in reception classes. This meant that pupil numbers for some schools were too high, and the calculated per-pupil rate for primary and nursery pupils was too low. We have now rectified the error.

The revised tables show the allocations for all schools, with amended pupil numbers, rates and calculations for those affected by the correction. All schools will receive at least the amounts shown in the original publication in October. Where the recalculation has resulted in a higher allocation, schools will receive an additional payment. We have indicated in the tables how much these schools will receive.

Additional payment to affected academies and local authorities (to pass on to maintained schools) will be made in December.

Our understanding is that for maintained schools the funding will flow through the local authority (LA) this autumn term. The LA number for Ealing is 307.

On 24 July, the Secretary of State responded to the recommendations made by the 2018 School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) report. The STRB had recommended that a 3.5% uplift should be applied to all pay ranges.

In summary the response from the government was to propose:

  • A 3.5% uplift to the minimum and maximum of the main pay range
  • A 2% uplift to the minimum and maximum of the upper pay range, leading practitioner pay range and all allowances
  • A 1.5% uplift to the minimum and maximum of the leadership pay ranges.

Funding for pay award

The award assumes that the first 1% will be met from school budgets as the government considers that all schools will have provided for such an increase in their budget plans.

With regard to the allocation of the funding, we understand that this will be through a specific pay grant but it is not clear how this will then be allocated to schools, High Needs, Early Years and Central Schools Blocks. The LA, along with others, has asked for clarification as how the increase will be allocated, particularly in the case of special schools and ARPs and staff funded through the High Needs and Early Years’ block.

We will update schools as appropriate

Government consultation

The Government is currently consulting on its response with statutory consultees (including trade unions and employers). This consultation will last over the summer recess and is due to close on 3 September.

Following this consultation the government will publish a new School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). After this time, trade unions and national employers may issue some indicative pay scales for teaching staff, using the scales that previously appeared in the STPCD.

We do not envisage any pay adjustments being made until the October 2018 pay run at the earliest.

More information to follow about the options around implementation of the 2018 teachers’ pay award.

If you have any queries please contact us in the Schools HR Consultancy team or contact your own HR provider.


Mark Nelson, Schools HR consultancy team
Tel: 020 8825 9478

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Last updated: 02 Oct 2020