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Last reviewed on 25 June 2019
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Read advice on how pay support staff (including school business managers) who are on the senior leadership team (SLT) is set.

Some members of the SLT, such as a school business manager (SBM), are classified as support staff and therefore are not paid on the same scale as teachers on the SLT.  

Pay for support staff is determined locally

There is no nationally adopted pay scale for support staff on the senior leadership team (SLT).

Community and voluntary controlled schools 

The local authority (LA) is the employer in community and voluntary controlled schools. 

That means the LA sets the pay and conditions for all support staff, even those on the SLT.

This is explained in the Governance handbook (see paragraph 102 on page 77)

Academies, foundation schools and voluntary aided schools 

Staff whose employment transferred to an academy at the point of conversion will retain their existing pay and conditions. Academies

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