Last reviewed on 11 October 2021
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Make sure you know how to set pay ranges for headteachers, including in special schools, and be clear on when you can change their pay ranges. Read guidance on when you can give additional payments, and how you should pay those in an acting role.

The rules for determining headteacher pay are set out in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). We summarise these rules below.

The STPCD applies to:

  • Headteachers in maintained schools
  • Headteachers whose employment transferred to an academy at the point of conversion and whose terms have not since been renegotiated

If your school is an academy, you may choose to follow the STPCD when setting pay and conditions for new headteachers, but you don't have to.

Schools that don't follow the STPCD should consult their contracts and pay policies for details of how headteacher pay should be determined.

Understand the leadership pay range

Headteachers must be paid on the leadership pay range. In 2021, this is between £47,735 and £125,098 per year depending on location (see details on page 12 of the STPCD). 

The 'headteacher group' – the broad pay range for any person taking on the headteacher