School teachers' pay 2021

This page (launched December 2020) brings together all the information you will need in relation to school teachers’ pay for September 2021 as we move through the process towards the summer 2021 when we hope that the final STPCD will be published.


The STRB remit was received by NEOST (National Employers Organisation for School Teachers) and published by the Government on the 15 December. This signals the start of the process for agreeing any pay uplifts and changes to the STPCD.

National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST)

NEOST is the statutory recognised national employer representative body for school teachers. The LGA provides the Secretariat to NEOST, which represents education authorities and other employers of school teachers in maintained schools in England and Wales. Find out more.

Any questions in relation to this process should be directed to schoolteachers@local.gov.uk.

STRB remit for 2021

Headlines on STRB Remit Teachers’ Pay 2021
  • As anticipated following the CSR announcement on public sector pay restraint and targeting in November, the remit is restricted with the government not asking for any recommendations on teachers pay uplifts this year (pay progression for teachers will continue in line with school pay policies) and a shorter than usual timescale for responding (noon, 17 February 2021). 
  • The main focus for the STRB this year is on recommendations on how best to implement the SR 2020 announcement for those earning less than £24k, i.e. £250 for unqualified teachers. 
  • In addition, the STRB will consider the wider recruitment and retention issues for teachers, the impact of Covid-19 and affordability of any recommended pay uplifts for councils and schools.  
  • The government has confirmed their continued commitment to increase starting salaries to £30,000 nationally whilst accepting that progress towards this will be slower than ministers had stated to be achieved in 2022.
NEOST written response to teachers’ pay 2021

NEOST written response to the School Teachers’ Review Body - February 2021

NEOST welcomed the opportunity to submit its views in response to the School Teachers’ Review Body’s (STRB) call for evidence in relation to its 31st remit report. 

The following is the written submission from NEOST, together with the appendices referred to in the main submission.

NEOST written evidence for the STRB 31st report
Appendix 1 NEOST response to STRB - Survey results from LA's and questions
Appendix 2 LGA pay ref circular 2020 - 24 September 2020
Appendix 3 NEOST evidence to STRB - 2021 teachers pay - affordability research    

Headlines of NEOST written response to teachers’ pay 2021

The key NEOST’s headlines to the STRB’s call for evidence relating to the Governments published remit for the 31st report is as follows, that:

  • applying the public sector pay pause (except for a relatively small number of lower paid unqualified teachers (UQTs), is likely to increase the existing recruitment and retention difficulties for all qualified teachers and leaders already identified across the whole school system
  • NEOST supports a level of pay protection for the lower paid (in relation to the proposed consolidated payment of £250) for teachers’ earning less than £24,000 (FTE) on the UQTs ranges
  • NEOST notes the Government’s continued commitment to establish a future starting salary for teachers of £30,000. However, NEOST continues to hold the view that this policy should be seen in a wider context, to support the sufficient future supply and retention of teachers and school leaders.