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Learn about pay progression for teachers on the upper pay range (UPR) and see answers to common questions.

Reward performance with pay progression

Teachers do not need to apply for pay progression once they are on the upper pay range (UPR).

Progression is linked to a teacher’s performance. Important things to note include:

  • Continued good performance, as defined by your pay policy, should give a teacher an expectation of progression to the top of the UPR
  • Any pay increase must be related to the teacher's performance, as assessed through your appraisal arrangements
  • You must clearly set out in your pay policy how pay progression will be determined

This is set out in section 19 (page 24 to 25) of the STPCD (linked to above).


  • There should be scope, where justified by consistently excellent performance, for the most able teachers to progress rapidly through the UPR

This is set out on page 17 of non-statutory advice from the DfE.

Your pay policy should set these out (STPCD, page 9) –

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