Unqualified teachers: pay

Make sure you know how much unqualified teachers should be paid in your school. Take a look at our overview of the pay range and allowances for unqualified teachers, and how to manage their pay progression.

Last reviewed on 30 October 2023See updates
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  1. Pay ranges are set out in the STPCD
  2. Additional allowances
  3. Pay progression

Pay ranges are set out in the STPCD

The pay range for unqualified teachers is set out on page 23 of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2023. You should set pay for unqualified teachers within this range.

The STPCD applies to all unqualified teachers in maintained schools.

Academies are free to determine their own pay arrangements for unqualified teachers, although unqualified teachers whose employment transferred to an academy at the point of conversion will still be covered by the STPCD.


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Use the pro-rata principle to determine salaries for part-time unqualified teachers.

Additional allowances

To determine whether to pay such an allowance, consider whether,

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