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Be clear on what non-financial rewards and incentives you can give staff, so you can show them some appreciation and stay compliant.

Speak to your LA or trust before making changes 

This article gives suggestions of perks or incentives you could use. 

Before changing your pay policy to implement anything in this article, it’s a good idea to speak to your local authority (LA) or academy trust first, and seek legal/HR advice to check your policy is water-tight.

Also note that you may need to report any benefits or expenses you provide to employees, and pay tax or National Insurance on them. Find out if you need to here.

You can offer inexpensive incentives or initiatives 

You'll find it very difficult to justify spending your school’s budget on non-financial rewards or perks to auditors, your LA or the ESFA, according to representatives from the DfE's school