School Teachers Pay and Conditions Documents 2020 changes

This statutory document applies to schools in England only. Welsh schools have been excluded from updates since 1st September 2019 and schools in Scotland have never been within scope.

As a reminder, STPCD applies to all maintained, foundation and aided schools. There is no requirement for this to apply to Academies, although these provisions would normally transfer for TUPEd staff and in practice many Academies and MATs choose to be bound by it for new appointments.

The statutory change effective from 1 September 2020 is as follows:

  • an increase in the minimum salary point for Main Pay Scale (MPS) Teachers of 5.5%
  • an increase in maximum salary range for MPS Teachers of 2.75%
  • an increase in the minimum and maximum pay range for teachers on the Upper Pay Scale of 2.75%
  • an increase of 2.75% in the range for all other allowances including TLRs and for SEN
  • an increase of 2.75% in the minimum and maximum pay ranges for unqualified teachers
  • an increase in the maximum and minimum pay range for members of the Leadership group of  2.75%

In addition, an advisory pay scale has been provided for Main Scale and Upper Pay ranges. These are only advisory and there is no statutory duty to implement this.

Schools and MATs who are required to or choose to follow STPCD must make arrangements to review their pay scales in line with the above having regard to their pay policy and make arrangements to increase pay appropriately as soon as reasonably practicable, backdating to 1st September 2020.

Schools and MATs can choose to assimilate the existing pay scales for MPS and UPS teachers onto the advisory rates provided that teachers receive at least a 2.75% increase in pay.

Main Pay range minimum and maximum comparison:



Year 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020
of 5.5%)
£24,373 £25,714 £30,480 £32,157 £28,355 £29,915 £25,543 £26,948
of 2.75%)
£35,971 £36,961 £41,483 £42,624 £40,035 £41,136 £37,152 £38,174

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