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Salaries and Benefits


We all remember our favourite teachers from school, whether they were the ones who inspired us to study a subject at university, train for a particular career or those who injected a sense of fun into their lessons. Imagine the privilege of being that teacher for another young person – that is the reality of being a teacher, every single day.

Children never get a second chance at their education.. You are in a position to change lives – not many other jobs can say that.


Teaching is a challenging, but highly rewarding profession. As a qualified teacher, you are a role model to your learners. You’re responsible for equipping them with skills that will benefit them for years to come, helping them to realise their potential, develop confidence and ultimately change for the better. Teachers are just one part of a school’s community and work with learners, colleagues, parents and governors to make a difference, educating and inspiring each generation of learners… and each other!

Learning is a two-way process; not only will you ensure your pupils learn, but there are excellent opportunities for you to learn and develop professionally too. Nationally recognised courses and qualifications are available for you to study, which can help and support you in your career journey.

There are ample opportunities for career progression in teaching, such as routes into leadership or specialist advisory roles. Teaching offers job security and is great for those who have families; you and your children will mostly share the same holidays!

Any job involving children and young people is bound to have an element of unpredictability and this is no less true for teaching. While each day has a routine and rhythm, there is no possibility of being bored! Your pupils will challenge and surprise you in ways you could never have imagined.


Schools develop their own pay scales to attract and retain teachers that have the greatest impact on their pupils’ learning.

What you’re paid will be linked to performance, not length of service, meaning your salary can increase as you go through your career.

As an Early Career Teacher (ECT) in a primary or secondary school, your starting salary will be between £25,714 and £32,157, depending on where you teach.

As you progress in your teaching career, it’s possible to move up through the pay scales. For the 2021-22 academic year, these are:

Inner London£32,157£50,953
Outer London£29,915£45,766
London Fringe£26,948£42,780
Rest of England & Wales£25,714£41,604
These will be updated to reflect the 2022/23 academic year, when confirmed by the Department for Education.

In 2020/21, the average salary for a primary school teacher was £36,900. The average salary for a secondary school teacher was £39,900.

You’ll get more holidays than people in many other professions. Full-time teachers work for 195 days per year in school.

Early Career Teacher (ECT) benefits

Once you successfully complete your initial teacher training, you’ll be known as an Early Career Teacher (ECT). You’ll automatically be given a 2-year package to support you at the start of your career, based on the Early Career Framework (ECF). This is a DfE programme to support new teachers and was launched nationally in September 2021.

The support package includes:

  • funded 10% time off timetable in your first year of teaching,
  • funded 5% time off timetable in the second year of teaching,
  • a range of high-quality, freely available curricula and teacher training materials underpinned by the early career framework;
  • funded training for mentors of early career teachers; and
  • funded time for mentors to support early career teachers.

Teachers’ Pension Scheme

The Teachers’ Pension Scheme gives you a regular source of income when you retire. It is:

  • based on your teaching salary and service rather than investments;
  • registered with HM Revenue and Customs – so your contributions are tax-free; and
  • flexible and allows you to take some of it as a tax-free lump sum.

Career Progression

Additional Responsibilities

Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) payments are additional sums of money paid to class teachers who take on extra responsibilities such as:

  • progressing the education of people beyond your assigned pupils; and
  • leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of others.

TLR payments come in 2 main pay ranges, known as TLR 1 and TLR 2, depending on your teaching responsibilities. For example, the higher payment involves taking on line-management responsibilities (i.e. being responsible for managing a number of colleagues).

TLR 1: £8,291 – £14,030

TLR2: £2,873 – £7,017

Leading Practitioners

You may wish to consider becoming a ‘Leading Practitioner’. This is an excellent and highly skilled teacher who consistently demonstrates the highest standards of classroom practice.

You’ll share your skills and experience through coaching, mentoring and induction of other teachers, including trainees and Early Career Teachers (ECTs).

The pay scale for leading practitioners is between £42,402 and £72,480 depending on where you teach.

Assistant / Deputy Headteachers

As an Assistant or Deputy Headteacher, you will support your Headteacher in leading your school to be a centre of excellence. You will play a crucial role in supporting the Headteacher to implement their vision of providing your pupils with the best possible education. Additionally, as a Deputy Headteacher, in the absence of the headteacher, you will automatically assume responsibility for the complete running of your school.

The average salary for leadership teachers (excluding headteachers) in 2019 was £54,911.


Headteachers are the most senior teachers in schools and are responsible for leading and managing staff and pupils. By creating positive, nurturing learning environments, you will strive to ensure that all members of the school community are able to achieve their best. It is your vision, leadership and direction which will shape and drive forward your school.

The pay scale for a headteacher is between £47,735 to £125,098 depending on where you teach.

Inner London£50,415£72,480
Outer London£45,766£67,828
London fringe£43,570£65,631
Rest of England & Wales£42,402£64,461
Inner London£55,715£125,098
Outer London£51,082£120,513
London fringe£48,901£118,356
Rest of England & Wales£47,735£117,197


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