Teacher Pay Scales UK Salary (England) Schools 2021/2022

Working as a school teacher in the UK at one of the many England & Wales primary and secondary schools funded by the government you receive an annual salary. All unqualified and qualified school teachers are placed on a salary scale for teachers according to the county location of the schools and other factors. Teachers pay for 2021/22 is the same as 2020/2021.

Pay freeze for all qualified teachers in England and the 2021/22 qualified teacher pay scales are identical to the 2020/21 pay scales

Unqualified teachers in secondary and primary school in England receive a slight increase in pay for 2021/22 from the previous year.
School teachers in Wales have been offered a pay increase of 1.75% for 2021/2022 backdated to September 1st 2021, where M2 pay scale rises from £27,018 to £27,491. (See Wales teacher salary)

Salary rates below are from 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022.. Proposed teacher pay increase for 2022-23 in England is minimal and will be updated here when new pay deals are officially announced.

 Teacher Pay Scales UK Salary 2021/22 (England)

Main pay scale for teachers salary 2021/2022 England

Main Salary ScaleEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
M1£25,714£29,915£26,948£32,157
M2£27,600£31,604£28,828£33,658
M3£29,664£33,383£30,883£35,226
M4£31,778£35,264£32,999£36,866
M5£34,100£38,052£35,307£39,492
M6£36,961£41,136£38,174£42,624
England teacher main pay scale

Upper Teachers Pay Scale England 2021/22

Upper Pay RangeEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
U1£38,690£42,559£39,864£46,971
U2£40,124£44,133£41,295£49,279
U3£41,604£45,766£42,780£50,935
Teacher upper pay scale England

Leading Practitioner Pay Scale England 2021/22

Leading Practitioner ScaleEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
Minimum (L1)£42,402£43,570£43,570£50,415
Maximum (L18)£64,461£65,631£65,631£72,480
Leading practitioner teacher scale England

Teaching & Learning Responsibility (TLR) Pay 2021-22

(TLR) PaymentTLR 1TLR 2TLR 3 SEN Allowance
Minimum£8,291£2,873£571£2,270
Maximum£14,030£7,017£2,833£4,479
Teacher & Learning Responsibility points England

Teacher Leadership Pay Scale England 2021-22

Leadership Pay ScaleEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
L1£42,195£45,542£43,356£50,167
L43£117,197£120,513£118,356£125,098
Leadership teacher salary England

Head Teacher Salary Pay Scale England 2021/22

GroupSpine Points RangeEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
1L6 – L18£47,735 – ££63,508£51,082 – £66,827£48,901 – £64,663£55,715 – £71,411
2L8 – L21£50,151 – £68,347£53,499 – £71,666£51,314 – £69,509£58,132 – £76,249
3L11 – L24£54,091 – £73,559£57,436 – £76,874£55,254 – £74,718£62,066 – £81,461
4L14 – L27£58,135 – £79,167£61,479 – £82,480£59,302 – £80,320£66,114 – £87,062
5L18 – L31£64,143 – £87,313£67,496 – £90,632£65,310 – £88,472£72,125 – £95,216
6L21 – L35£69,031 – £96,310£72,383 – £99,624£70,204 – £97,468£77,011 – £104,211
7L24 – L39£74295 – £106,176£77,643 – £109,489£75,466 – £107,328£82,277 – £114,074
8L28 – L43£81,942 – £117,197£85,290 – £120,513£83,105 – £118,356£89,919 – £125,098
Head teacher salary in England

Leadership Teacher Pay Scale England 2021-22 (1-11)

Spine PointEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
L1£42,195£45,542£43,356£50,167
L2£43,251£46,601£44,415£51,229
L3£44,331£47,676£45,495£52,313
L4£45,434£48,785£46,604£53,414
L5£46,566£49,919£47,737£54,552
L6£47,735£51,082£48,901£55,715
L7£49,019£52,371£50,190£57,003
L8£50,151£53,499£51,314£58,132
L9£51,402£54,750£52,568£59,380
L10£52,723£56,072£53,888£60,701
L11£54,091£57,436£55,254£62,066

Teacher Leadership Pay Scale England 2021-22 (12-22)

Spine PointEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
L12£55,338£58,688£56,506£63,319
L13£56,721£60,073£57,890£64,700
L14£58,135£61,479£59,302£66,114
L15£59,581£62,926£60,744£67,556
L16£61,166£64,514£62,333£69,146
L17£62,570£65,921£63,746£70,552
L18£64,143£67,496£65,310£72,125
L19£65,735£69,087£66,900£73,715
L20£67,364£70,713£68,536£75,345
L21£69,031£72,383£70,204£77,011
L22£70,745£74,090£71,914£78,725

Teacher Leadership Salary Scale England 2021-22 (23-33)

Spine PointEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
L23£72,497£75,842£73,661£80,472
L24£74,295£77,643£75,466£82,277
L25£76,141£79,489£77,307£84,119
L26£78,025£81,372£79,195£86,001
L27£79,958£83,305£81,124£87,933
L28£81,942£85,290£83,105£89,919
L29£83,971£87,316£85,139£91,953
L30£86,061£89,406£87,221£94,039
L31£88,187£91,539£89,357£96,168
L32£90,379£93,724£91,549£98,355
L33£92,624£95,975£93,795£100,604

Pay Scale England Leadership Teacher 2021-22 (34-43)

Spine PointEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
L34£94,914£98,263£96,083£102,894
L35£97,273£100,620£98,443£105,253
L36£99,681£103,026£100,848£107,658
L37£102,159£105,509£103,327£110,142
L38£104,687£108,037£105,855£112,664
L39£107,239£110,584£108,402£115,215
L40£109,914£113,266£111,086£117,898
L41£112,660£116,010£113,828£120,645
L42£115,483£118,828£116,653£123,461
L43£117,197£120,513£118,356£125,098

Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale England 2021-22

Unqualified Teacher Pay RangeEngland excludes London & FringeOuter LondonLondon FringeInner London
1£18,419£21,832£19,613£23,099
2£20,532£23,946£21,723£25,212
3£22,644£26,059£23,837£27,325
4£24,507£27,926£25,699£29,187
5£26,622£30,037£27,812£31,298
6£28,735£32,151£29,924£33,410
Unqualified teacher pay England

Explanation Teacher Pay England

Outer London boroughs areas UK teacher pay scales

Havering, Richmond-upon-Thames, Hillingdon, Barnet, Waltham Forest, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Harrow, Kingston-upon-Thames, Croydon, Redbridge, Sutton, Hounslow.

Fringe London areas & boroughs UK teacher pay scales

Crawley, Slough, Basildon, Brentwood, Epping Forest, Harlow, Dartford, Sevenoaks. Bracknell Forest, Windsor & Maidenhead, Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Herts, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers, Thurrock, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield, South Bucks, Chiltern, Surrey local authority.

Inner London boroughs teacher pay scales
Greenwich, Kensington & Chelsea, Barking & Dagenham, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Brent, Camden, Westminster, City of London, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Merton, Newham, Southwark, Wandsworth, Lambeth.

Secondary & primary school teacher salary UK. An England school teacher that’s qualified starts as a newly qualified teacher with a teaching salary £25,714 to £32,157 according to the school location in England.

Each point on the teacher salary scale requires you to successfully teach and complete a full academic year before moving up the salary scale. A schools head teacher can award a teacher additional points for prior teaching experience and relevant work experience, as I did at a secondary school.

Are primary school teachers paid the same as secondary? Yes, All teachers in England & Scotland in government maintained secondary and primary school are paid the same according to teacher salary scale. Doesn’t matter if you are an outstanding or good teacher rated all qualified teachers, male or female receive the same on the points scale.

England council maintained school teacher salary decisions UK

Teacher salary pay scales are set each year by the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) for all England’s primary & secondary maintained schools. You as a teacher are either on the main pay scale, upper pay scale or leadership spine. Salaries for teachers in England are paid by local councils once a month into you’re bank account.

School teachers pay progression in England

Teaching in a secondary or primary school that’s English council maintained you’re salary increase each year is under pay progression, whereby a teacher’s performance is assessed & appraised.

Do teachers automatically move up the main pay scale? No, teachers require successfully passing the teaching performance appraisal and the school headteacher & governors then approve you’re next step up the pay scale. Once on the upper pay scale a teacher normally moves up one pay point every 2-3 years. You’ll not be moved down the teacher wage scale if staying with the same school.

Each point on the teacher salary scale requires you to successfully teach and complete a full academic year before moving up the salary scale. A schools head teacher can award a teacher additional points for prior teaching experience and relevant work experience, as I did at a secondary school.

All school teachers can move up the pay scale each year if recommended expect for:

  • Teachers that are at the top of the upper pay range 
  • Leadership group teachers at the top of the pay range 
  • Teachers at the top of the main pay range (M6) that don’t want to cross the threshold to upper pay scale
  • Leading practitioners at the top of the salary range
  • Unqualified teacher at the top of the unqualified teacher salary range 

When should a school teachers pay be increased in England?

School teachers that are paid by the local council and teach in one of the councils maintained schools will receive a salary increase on 1st September each year, taking into effect any pay progression. Should you be successfully approved to go up the pay scale in an England school you’re salary award is back dated to 1st September.

Do teachers get a pay rise after completing NQT?

Once you successfully complete and pass you’re newly qualified teacher (NQT) time you become a fully qualified school teacher in England, and automatically go up the main pay scale.

Do teachers get paid in the summer?

Full time permanent contracted teachers that teach in a maintained council school in UK get paid in the summer, as you receive you’re annual salary in 12 equal payments once every month. The teacher’s salary you receive covers term time and payment for summer break. Also, teachers get paid for holidays in UK if they work in a local council school, other school type and have a full or part time permanent contract of employment.

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