Pay committee: terms of reference

If you're writing or reviewing your pay committee's terms of reference, use our template and guidance to save time. Plus, get inspiration from other schools.

Last reviewed on 16 January 2024
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  1. What to include
  2. Download our template
  3. Examples from schools and trusts

What to include

Maintained schools

Your board's responsibilities regarding pay are set out on pages 9 and 10 of the Department for Education's guidance on implementing your school's approach to pay. The guidance also says that your board can decide to delegate these responsibilities.

Your board may delegate the following responsibilities to your pay committee:

  • Making sure the appraisal policy is robust and has as little impact as possible on teachers' workloads
  • Making sure your policy links performance to pay and can be applied consistently and objectively
  • Considering and approving the recommendations of the senior leadership team about awarding performance-related pay progression
  • Monitoring the outcomes of pay decisions
  • Checking that processes operate fairly
  • Being aware of the impact that pay decisions have on the school's budget
  • Making sure pay appeals are managed in line with the school pay and appraisal policies


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