Joint advice on School Teachers' Pay 2020-21

As in previous years, ASCL, along with NAHT, NEU and Voice, set out our organisations’ joint advice on the application of the proposed changes to teacher pay in England, including the adoption of pay scales and the application of individual pay increases.  

We produce this joint guidance to offer several benefits to our members, to advise on a consistent approach to the implementation of the pay awards and in doing so, prevent you from receiving several potentially differing versions of the advice. 

We also hope that it will help to ensure that all members receive the annual pay uplift that we believe they are entitled to in line with our position statements.

We jointly advise that all teachers and leaders should receive an individual pay increase at least in line with the school teachers’ pay and conditions document (STPCD) increases – 2.75% for most pay points and allowances, with higher increases for M1-M5 – in addition to any pay progression for which they are eligible. 

Where a school has previously used pay points for the Main and Upper Pay Range with lower values than our recommended pay points, we jointly advise that the STPCD advisory pay points should be adopted and individual teachers paid appropriately, even where this involves a higher increase than above.

Where a school has previously used pay scale points with higher values, we jointly advise that such pay scale points should be increased in line with the increases in the STPCD pay scale points and not by any lower amount.

The pay scale points included in the attached guidance are recommended pay scales based on the pay structure in place prior to
1 September 2014 and have been uprated in line with this year’s pay proposals.  These include the pay scales used and recommended by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) for reintroduction into the STPCD as advisory pay scales for the Main Pay Range and Upper Pay Range from 1 September 2020.  

We will continue to press for all pay scales to be reintroduced into the STPCD as mandatory minimum pay scales.

Please note that at present, these changes and pay scales are proposed, as they are subject to an eight-week consultation period which does not close until 14 September.  

As a statutory consultee, we will be submitting our responses to the consultations prior to the deadline, along with a joint statement in conjunction with NAHT, NEU and Voice.  

If you have any comments you would like us to consider as part of our response, please send them to, 'cc'-ing in

Further updates will be communicated to members in due course.