"Teaching is a very different profession these days. It's much more inclusive, gives a stronger career path, the pay is much better and its status has been driven up." - Graham Holley, executive director of Initial Teacher Training
Pay and benefits
All qualified teachers are paid according to pay scales, updated each September by the Government.
Once teachers have completed their initial teacher training and achieved qualified teacher status (QTS), from September 2008 they can expect to start as a newly qualified teacher in England and Wales on £20,627 a year (or £25,000 if you work in inner London).
Main pay scale including NQTs
ˇLondon fringe: £21,619 to £31,138
ˇOuter London: £24,000 to £33,544
ˇInner London: £25,000 to £34,768
ˇRest of England and Wales: £20,627 to £30,148
Leadership and headship pay scales
Progression to a leadership pay scale, or a headship pay scale attracts an increased salary. These pay scales apply include:
ˇadvanced skills teacher pay scale
ˇexcellent teacher pay scheme
ˇleadership group pay scale, and
ˇheadteacher pay scale.
Where teachers fit into these scales depends on their position, experience and location, as well as on their individual school.
Pay increases when teachers move up the ladder. Higher salaries go to teachers with managerial roles or extra responsibilities. Extra allowances are made for teachers considered to be excellent. Depending on the size of the school, an experienced headteacher can earn up to £99,585.
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