School teachers pay award 2019

The government has announced that they will accept the recommendation of the school teachers review body (STRB) that all pay ranges and allowances covered by the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) will be uprated by 2.75% from September 2019.

The report of the STRB and the Government's response are below:

At present the details on where any additional funding will come from and how it will be distributed are not clear. However, the Government’s response states ‘As this award is more than the 2% we assessed was affordable in our evidence to the STRB, I will invest a further £105 million into the existing Teachers’ Pay Grant this financial year. This is on top of the £321 million funding that schools are already receiving through the Teachers’ Pay Grant in 2019-20’.

Draft document

Draft teachers’ pay and conditions document for 2019 (word)
The document shows in tracked changes what differences have been made from the 2018 document.

The changes primarily show the September 2019 pay award - a 2.75% uplift has been applied to the statutory minima and maxima of all pay ranges and allowances. Whilst also reflecting that teachers’ pay and conditions for teachers in Wales was transferred from the Secretary of State to The Welsh Ministers on 30 September 2018.

You will see from the Government’s response that they have entered into an 8-week consultation with the statutory consultees on the draft pay and conditions document and the government’s response. The 2019 pay and conditions document will therefore not be published in its final form until after this consultation. Drawing on previous experience, it is unlikely there will be changes to the STPCD drafts however, we cannot act on assumptions until the consultation has finished.

Our colleagues in payroll will not be able to apply any pay award until the new pay and conditions document is finalised and published. At this time, it is not clear when the STPCD for 2019 will be published but it is not likely to be before October. Once we have more details our payroll colleagues will contact schools to confirm their intentions with regards to the teachers’ pay award.

Teachers' pensions employer contribution increase

The employer contribution rate of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) will increase from 16.4% to 23.6% from September 2019.

Latest government advice on how the pension grant will be calculated and paid (GOV.UK)

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Last updated: 04 Sep 2019