Update on 2020 pay awards

21 July 2020

England: STRB’s 30th report and draft STPCD 2020 consultation

The DfE published the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) 30th report and the written ministerial statement in response to it, on 21 July 2020.

The report recommends a 5.5% increase to the minima of the Main Pay Range (MPR) and a 2.75% increase to the maximum of the MPR and the minima and maxima of all other pay and allowance ranges for teachers and school leaders. The recommendations are that these uplifts apply to all four regional pay bands.

In his response statement, the Secretary of State for Education said that this represents a 3.1% increase in the overall pay bill and that this pay award "will be affordable, on average, nationally for schools thanks to this Government's three-year investment package announced at the 2019 Spending Round."

But, in reality, the amount that schools receive in this settlement varies widely according to a number of factors, and we are concerned that many schools will not be able to afford this cost. Even in the best case, it means that most of the extra money provided in the settlement will go on the pay award with very little left to reverse the impact of real-terms cuts in government funding in recent years.

Whilst we welcome the increase to starting salaries, we are disappointed that the same increase was not applied to all pay ranges and allowances, as was called for by all ASCL and the majority of other statutory consultees.  It is claimed to be the biggest pay increase the profession has seen in 15 years, but this is only true for those teachers on points M1 to M4, which is the minority of the teaching workforce. 

The publication of the department’s response to the report, along with the publication of the draft STPCD and draft 2020 Pay Order, signals the start of an eight-week period of consultation to which ASCL is a statutory consultee, and will be submitting our response on behalf of members in due course. If you have any concerns or comments about any of this, please contact Louise Hatswell, ASCL Pay and Conditions Specialist.

As the consultation period does not close until 14 September, we urge school leaders not to interrupt their well-earned breaks to begin re-budgeting.

We are waiting for the publication of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body’s (IWPRB) 2nd report along with the Education Minister’s response to it.

Isle of Man
Pay negotiations are ongoing. 

We will provide further updates on all regions in due course.

Support staff
NJC Pay Award
The National Employers have made their final offer for the 2020 pay award:
  • 2.75 % pay increase.
  • A one-day increase in the Green Book minimum level of annual leave.
  • Joint work on mental health.
The NJC support staff unions are consulting with their members and we are expecting to hear the outcome in August.

A reminder of ASCL’s advice on staffing costs can be read in our three-year budget planning guidance document.