The Department for Education (DfE) has now published the final version of the 2014 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) which has had statutory effect since 1 September 2014. The main changes to the 2014 STPCD are as follows:
1. The September 2014 pay award
Under the 2014 STPCD, an 1% uplift has been applied to the statutory minima and maxima of all pay ranges in the national pay framework, including allowances.
However, it is only classroom teachers/leadership group members paid the minimum or maximum of their pay range, whose salaries (excluding any allowances) must be uplifted to the new minimum or maximum as appropriate. For all other classroom teachers/leadership group members, schools themselves must determine locally how to take account of the 1% uplift. This means that not all teachers will necessarily automatically receive the 1% pay increase.
2. Changes to the leadership group pay provisions
The first important point to note about the changes to the leadership group pay provisions under the 2014 STPCD will only apply to individuals appointed to a leadership post on or after 1 September 2014, or to those individuals whose responsibilities have significantly changed after that date. There is no requirement for schools to review the pay of all their leadership posts.
The new framework introduces more flexibility in setting individual pay ranges. The 43-point pay spine has been removed and replaced by a statutory leadership pay range consisting of minimum and maximum pay points only and there are now eight broad pay bands for headteachers with minimum and maximum points. Individual pay ranges along with the criteria for pay progression (which must be related to performance) for all school leadership posts will now be set by governing bodies in the schools’ pay policy.
3. Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLRs)
The previous need for a £1500 differential between allowances paid to teachers on the same TLR range has been removed. This means that schools now have the freedom to decide for themselves the relevant weight of TLR posts and the appropriate levels of reward.
The statutory provisions on safeguarding have been consolidated and brought together into one section (Part 5 paragraphs 31.1 – 39.10).
5. Conditions of service
The specific list of 21 ‘Admin and Clerical Tasks’ under Annex 3 of the 2013 STPCD has been deleted along with the non-statutory Section 4 guidance.
6. Chartered London Teachers scheme
Registration for the Chartered London Teachers (CLT) scheme has been closed and a proposed two-year transition period has been put in place (Part 4 paragraphs 30.1 – 30.6).
The 2014 STPCD gives schools much greater flexibility for determining leadership group pay and provides for individual decisions on pay progression to be made according to performance. Governing bodies should now look to review their pay policy in order to reflect these changes.