Last reviewed on 19 April 2022
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Be clear on what financial and non-financial rewards and incentives you can give staff, so you can show your staff some appreciation and stay compliant.

Speak to your LA or trust before making changes

This article gives suggestions of perks or incentives your school could use. 

Before changing your pay policy to implement anything in this article, it’s a good idea to speak to your local authority (LA) or academy trust first, and seek legal/HR advice to check your policy is water-tight.

Also note that you may need to report any benefits or expenses you provide to employees, and pay tax or National Insurance on them. Find out if you need to here.

Payments for teachers

Under the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD), the relevant body sets recruitment and retention awards for teachers. The 'relevant body' is usually the governing board, or the board of trustees (if you're in a trust, check your scheme of delegation). 

Teachers