Protect Teachers, Defend Education – Teachers’ Pay

The Government is pressing ahead with its plans to tear up the national teacher pay system and with its damaging changes to our pensions. Michael Gove wants to dismantle the national pay structure and introduce performance related pay for all teachers. This page contains the resources you need to support the NUT's campaign on teachers' pay. For full details of the campaign and the latest news, click here to go to our main campaign page.

This NUT member survey report investigates pay progression decisions for September 2014 and teachers’ views on the impact and fairness of the new pay framework, and shows that NUT fears about cuts in pay progression and about potential bias and discrimination appear to be justified.

Download an NUT pay briefing that looks at the key issues in the Government's plans

Click here to read a detailed examination of the international evidence on PRP

Joint NUT/NASUWT Model Pay Policy
The NUT / NASUWT have agreed on a joint pay policy checklist and model pay policy. These are fully consistent and compliant with the provisions of the 2013 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.

Click here pdf for theNUT /NASUWT checklist on school pay policies. The checklist sets out the minimum requirements for an effective pay policy and is entirely consistent with the revised statutory provisions for teachers’ pay due to take effect from 1 September 2013.

Revised Approach To Teachers’ Pay: Implications For Ofsted School Inspections
This briefing gives advice on how Ofsted inspectors may scrutinise pay policies and pay progression information during inspections. It provides information on the current relevant Ofsted requirements relating to leadership and management and what inspectors will look for during a Section 5 inspection visit.

NUT letter to Mr Gove
A letter by the NUT Senior Solicitor sent to Mr Gove strenuously refuting the mistaken position of his Department that the pay checklist of the NUT and the NASUWT is in any way unlawful.

NUT commentaries on NAHT and ASCL model pay policy and guidance
The Union has produced useful guidance on the NAHT model pay policy and the ASCL pay guidance. You can access the relevant documents here

School Pay Policies NUT Briefing On Position Of Teacher Governors
This NUT briefing note sets out advice on teacher governors' entitlements to take part in discussions on school pay policies.  Teacher governors are NOT in the NUT's view precluded from taking part in such discussions at governing body or committee meetings by their employment status or perceived financial interests.

Student teachers give a resounding thumbs down to the Government's proposals
In June 364 student members of the National Union of Teachers completed a survey on the Government's proposed changes to teachers' pay. The survey shows very little support for the plans and paints a worrying picture about what they might mean for the recruitment and retention of teachers to the profession. The results of the survey can be found here

Also, please see the following information:

  • For our “Ten reasons why you should oppose Michael Gove’s plans for your pay” document, click here
  • For “Ten reasons why Michael Gove is bad for our children’s education", click here
  • Pay loss calculator - to see the effects of the pay freeze and inflation, click here
  • Go here to download a PowerPoint presentation to be used for School Reps briefings
  • Go here for FAQs on the Government’s pay proposals
  • A joint NUT/NASUWT letter to Michael Gove about the dispute and what he has to do to avoid the strikes is here
  • A joint NUT/NASUWT letter to Leighton Andrews is here
  • For the NUT's response to the STRB’s original report on teachers’ pay click here.