Last reviewed on 2 February 2022
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Understand how performance links to pay progression and find guidance on setting objectives, identifying areas for development and collecting evidence for appraisals.

How teachers’ performance links to their progression

For teachers employed under the STPCD

The relevant body (usually the governing board) must annually consider whether to increase the salary of teachers who have completed a year of employment since the previous annual pay determination.

Pay decisions must be "clearly attributable" to the teacher's performance, and pay progression should be linked to “continued good performance”, as defined in your pay policy. 

This is set out in paragraph 19.2 of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).


Academies are free to set their own pay and conditions for new staff, or to renegotiate for existing staff. Staff whose employment transferred to an academy at the point of conversion will continue to be employed under the terms in the STPCD, unless renegotiated.

Assess performance against the standards and objectives 

Set minimum expectations (a ‘baseline’)