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Staff pay in maintained schools

Learn how the governing body fulfils its responsibilities for setting and monitoring pay.

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The governing body in a maintained school has ultimate responsibility for pay decisions and must comply with statutory requirements set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). This is irrespective of whether the governing body is the legal employer or is exercising employer responsibility on behalf of the local authority.

NGA recommends that the governing body delegates responsibility for approving staff pay decisions to the headteacher and appoints a committee to review and determine the pay of the headteacher. The pay policy should clearly set out which pay decisions have been delegated to whom.

This guidance sets out how the governing body fulfils its responsibilities, covering;

  • the pay policy
  • the headteacher's pay
  • pay decisions for other staff
  • managing appeals
  • oversight of staff pay

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