Decision details

Schools Teacher and Leeds City Council Teacher Pay Policies 2020/21

Reference: D52436

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The national teacher pay award and School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) will come into force on 14th October 2020.

Leeds will adopt the advisory pay points set by the DfE which range from 2.75% to 5.5% for new teachers in line with the Government’s agenda to reach a 30k starting salary by 2022/23. 

For 2020/21 LCC had budgeted a total pay bill increase of 2.75%. However the nationally agreed wage bill increase is 3.1%. Leeds estimate the local pay bill increase to be 3%. The additional costs to Leeds schools are expected to exceed 600k, subject to DfE funding. Decision required on accepting these additional costs.


The Director of Resources & Housing:

  Approved the total additional costs to Leeds schools of £626k and £29k to the Children’s and Families budget.

  Agreed the implementation of the Teacher pay policies without full trade union collective agreement (see 3.3) to ensure teachers receive backdated pay awards as expected, in December 2020 pay.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Negotiation meetings with schools Trade Unions. Consultation with Leeds Headteachers via regular communications in HR newsletter and DoCS schools bulletin. 

Engagement with HRLT, Children’s Services and Executive member.


Recognised school trade unions; NEU, NASUWT, NAHT, ASCL. All Leeds Headteachers and Chairs of Governors. Director of Children’s Services and Head of Learning Improvement.

Contact: Carol Gill, Head of Business Change (HR) Email:

Publication date: 03/11/2020

Date of decision: 11/11/2020

Effective from: 19/11/2020

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