Primary and Secondary Class Teachers with UK QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) are paid on the Main Pay Scale (MPS) – M1 to M6, which will vary depending on the location of the school; whether it is located within an Inner or Outer London Borough.
Once Teachers qualify and complete their teacher training, they will begin their career as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) on an M1 salary. A teacher’s salary will move up a point each year if their performance is deemed satisfactory. It is possible to go up two points if judged to be excellent / outstanding by the school. It is also possible to start on a higher point, at the discretion of the school, if the teacher has previous teaching or relevant experience or teach a subject in shortage of skilled practitioners.
Once a class teacher has reached the top of the main pay scale, they have the opportunity to submit an application to qualify and pass through the threshold and on to the Upper Pay Scale (UPS). The Upper Pay Scale is based solely on performance, decided by governing bodies on the recommendations of head teachers. Progression on this scale is slower, perhaps every two years.
It is usual for schools to insist that you have two consecutive years of performance appraisal reviews to be considered as part of your application. Your new school may accept reviews from your previous schools but there is no statutory requirement for them to do so.