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As a newly-qualified teacher, you will be paid on point 1 (M1) on the Main Pay Scale.
Further details of pay scales, along with a pay calculator, can be found on the ATL website.
Negotiating a higher starting salary
If you feel that you have relevant experience (for example, experience of teaching in the independent sector or previous employment experience relevant to your subject area) then you can ask for this to be taken into consideration when setting your starting salary. Schools should have a pay policy which sets out the extent to which they will exercise their discretion to award additional points in recognition of other relevant experience. Schools have the discretion to award up to one further incremental point per year for years of relevant experience.
However, in practice many set a ceiling on the number of points that will be awarded in this way and some will award discretionary points at the rate of one point for so many years of relevant experience (eg one point for every three complete years of relevant experience). The best time to discuss starting salary and discretionary points is when you receive a firm offer of employment from the school. If you are awarded a discretionary point or points, this entitlement will be permanent and will be carried forward to any subsequent teaching appointment in the maintained sector.
Independent schools are free to determine their own arrangements so pay systems vary widely in this sector. However, as the dominant employer of teachers, the maintained sector sets a benchmark which most independent schools and academies seek to match or better.
Academies are free to vary the national teachers’ pay scales but, as yet, none have done so (although they have varied conditions such as working hours).
Help and support
For further advice on this issue, ATL members can speak to their school rep, their branch secretary or their regional official. They can also call the London (020 7930 6441), Cardiff (029 2046 5000), Belfast (028 9078 2020) or Edinburgh (0131 272 2748) offices or email email@example.com
For out of hours enquiries, call the out of office hours helpline on 020 7782 1612 (Monday-Friday, 5-8pm during term time).
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