Assistant/deputy headteachers: calculating pay ranges

Understand how to set pay ranges for new assistant and deputy headteachers. Plus, find out when you should review pay ranges, how to set pay differentials and how to pay those in an acting role.

Last reviewed on 25 October 2023See updates
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  1. Understand the leadership pay range 
  2. SLT pay is based on your headteacher's pay
  3. Use our calculator to work out your headteacher's pay range 
  4. Reviewing pay range for existing roles 
  5. Setting pay differentials
  6. Additional payments
  7. Paying those in an acting role

The School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) sets out pay and conditions for teachers in maintained schools. The STPCD also applies to teachers whose employment transferred to an academy at the point of conversion.

Academies and free schools are free to determine their own pay and conditions for new staff, or renegotiate pay and conditions of existing staff, but they may choose to follow the STPCD. If you don't follow the STPCD, consult your contracts and pay policies to find out how leadership pay is determined.

Understand the leadership pay range 

Only headteachers (including executive headteachers), deputy headteachers and assistant headteachers can be paid on the leadership pay range. 


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