Teachers' pay and conditions of service are the contractual provisions given in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) and apply to all teachers and headteachers on permanent or temporary, full or part-time contracts. Employers (local authorities and governing bodies) are breaking the law if they do not give teachers and headteachers their statutory and contractual entitlements relating to working conditions, pay, performance management and induction.


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Use this link to find the current pay scales.

School Teachers pay is usually determined each year by an independent Pay Review Body called the School Teachers Review Body (STRB). The Review Body receives evidence submitted by the Government, the Local Government Association and the Teacher Trade Unions. It publishes its Document each year in August (link to left with NASUWT Draft Response). School Teachers' pay increases, along with other Public Sector workers have, however, been frozen at 1% since 2010 when the Conservative Government started its Austerity Programme. This came to an end with the 2018 pay awards.


Teachers' Terms and Conditions of Employment as laid out by the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) state that teachers are employed for 1,265 hours over 195 days. All schools should produce an Annual School Calendar giving the dates and times of all school meetings, the five Training Days, up to six Parent Consultation Meetings and other events that the Head teacher may direct teachers to attend. Teachers should only attend one meeting after school a week. Head teachers should provide staff with a Directed Time Budget showing all directed activities which should not exceed 1,265 hours over the Academic Year.

Members can check their Directed Time Budget for themselves using the following template:

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The Teachers' Contract is still in place although in too many schools the employers think they can ignore the statutory conditions of the STPCD. There has been a rapid erosion of teachers' contractual entitlements through a government created culture of non-compliance and attacks on teachers that are now increasing at an alarming rate and teachers' conditions are deteriorating and the workload of teachers is once again becoming excessive.


The NASUWT is not about to allow the Conservative government to roll the clock back 30 years! The NASUWT ballot for industrial action enabled our members to take continued action after the national strike on 30th November 2011 in those schools that are not fully implementing teachers' legal entitlements. The action is against the government but has to be taken against non-compliant schools.


NON-COMPLIANT SCHOOLS are those which still expect teachers to:

  1. Undertake cover - from September 2009 covering for absent colleagues should become a thing of the past as all schools should have a system of cover in place that does not rely on their teachers and you should only be asked to cover in unforeseen circumstances;
  2. Supervise examinations - pupils really do not need their teachers in the examination room and the exam boards do not allow it. The government have said that invigilation is not a good use of teachers' professional expertise and time so don't be doing it;
  3. Do administrative and clerical tasks - this is what the office staff are employed to do. It includes bulk photocopying and the organisation of trips and visits and collecting money;
  4. Attend more than one meeting a week - meetings must be on the School Calender and in the Directed Time Budget. All meeting should have an agenda and last no more than an hour. No meeting should be held in the weeks you have to attend parents' evenings;
  5. Supervise children at lunchtime - Dinner Supervisors do this to allow teachers to have a break during the day. Staff in some schools are paid additional money to be around at dinner time;
  6. Put up classroom displays - Technicians should be employed to put up all the displays in school as part of their work; and
  7. Not benefit from PPA - preparation, planning and assessment time is sacrosanct and you CANNOT be directed to do anything else during this time. PPA time should be 10% of your timetable. You organise your own work during this time and you can even go home to do your PPA.

 Members can determine if further industrial action to achieve full compliance is necessary in their schools to reduce their workload and allow them to concentrate on Teaching and Learning and improve standards. The Action Instructions and Guidance can be obtained via the links below. Members need to decide what action they should take if their school is not complying with any aspect of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document and inform Neville Reilly, the Wirral Association NASUWT Local Secretary.


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The national industrial action being undertaken by the NASUWT and, from 26th September 2012, the NUT is intended to protect standards and is pupil and parent-friendly. It is "Action with a Halo" as only those schools that are not complying with the STPCD's legal requirements will be targeted by our selective action from Thursday 1st December 2011.



Wirral Local Authority has always been very supportive and encouraged Wirral's schools to implement the National Workforce Agreement and we congratulate the schools in Wirral who are implementing it. However, some schools' managements have not been implementing all of the STPCD's contractual obligations in full. Throughout the country NASUWT has balloted members for selective strike action in individual schools that were not compliant. This has been very successful and these schools have now become compliant, most before the proposed strike action hit the headlines in the local newspaper!

If you teach in a non-compliant school where your managment is exploiting the school staff you must let Anne Rycroft, the Wirral NASUWT Local Negotiating Secretary, know.


Contact Anne Rycroft at 


For more information:


Action Advice Line: 0121 457 6292



Teachers' Workload Diary Survey

The DfE published the results of the 2013 Teachers' Workload Diary Survey on Friday 28th February 2014. The published data fully justifies the NASUWT Action Short of Strike Action which started with our trade dispute against the Secretary of State for Education. See the full report on the following link.

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The DfE finally published the Independent Workload Advisory Group Report into teachers’ workload in October 2018. The Advisory Group was Chaired by Professor Becky Allen, Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science, UCL Institute of Education. It confirms the NASUWT’s longstanding concerns about the unacceptable way in which too many schools use pupil performance data in teachers’ performance management. While pupil assessment data has an important role to play in teaching and learning, the Advisory Group is correct in its finding that its use by schools in their performance management systems is often poor. Teaching is a complex and multifaceted activity that cannot be reduced to crude targets based on pupils’ testing or assessment outcomes.

The Advisory Group’s message is clear: schools must stop using assessment data to deny pay progression to teachers or to call their competence into question. This data is simply not valid or reliable enough to be used for highly consequential decisions about teachers’ performance or their pay. The report notes rightly that when data is used for this purpose, it often results in teacher burnout and the current mass exodus from the teaching profession.

There is no excuse for persisting with this debilitating and entirely irrational practice. The NASUWT will continue to challenge those schools and employers that choose to do so. The Union will also press the DfE to take effective action to ensure that the report’s findings are implemented in full in every school.


ASOSA has been operating since the Academic Year 2014-15. National Action has continued with the addition of Performance Management and Marking & Assessment Policies which further increased the workload on teachers. Selective strike action is being taken in individual schools that continue to be non-compliant. These are being sanctioned by National Executive Members after holding meetings with members and organising school by school ballots for strike action.

Both the ASOSA and the Selective Strike Action will continue until the Conservative Government's Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, concludes discussions about our ongoing grievances in the National Dispute Talks. In 2018 this is now in the hands of Damian Hinds the current Secretary of State.


From September 2015 in schools that continue to ignore the School Teachers' Pay & Conditions Document in Action Short Of Strike Action and exploit their staff we have been conducting the NASUWT Well-being At Work Survey. The survey is conducted on-line so can be done from any device, privately and the results are anonymised so any member that is fearful of completing it should have no worries about doing so.

During the Autumn Term 2015 we have carried out the survey in four of Wirral's secondary schools. The results are shared with the membership in each school and formulates the basis of negotiations with the schools' managements to:

  • reduce the Directed Time Budget in the school to, at most the 1,265 hours that Headteachers can direct their teaching staff, or ideally below this and have Contingency Time included;
  • reduce the workload involved in planning & preparation and marking & assessment of pupils' work to sustainable levels and;
  • set up a School Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) to improve communication and formalise the negotiation process in the school.

Going into January 2016 one of the four schools has established its JCC and has held its first meeting. A second school is holding its first JCC meeting in January. The third school has still to do so and will face Selective Strike Action if it is not progressed soon. The fourth school has been notified of Selective Strike Action by the NUT in December 2015 which was postponed pending further negotiations but is due to take place now on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th January 2016.  If progress is not made then the NASUWT will initiate Selective Strike Action following a Postal Ballot of members. By 2018 JCCs are operating in five of our Academies.

We are prepared to continue our joint action with the NUT, now the NEU along with the ATL membership, in other schools that are not implementing the Action Short Of Strike Action in full. Members need to contact the Local Secretary, Anne Rycroft, if they want to carry out the Well-being At Work Survey in their school.

For more information:


Action Advice Line: 0121 457 6292



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