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Support staff pay award 2020 confirmed

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2020 award 

Following negotiations, the support staff members' pay award for 2020 (for those working in local authority schools) has now been confirmed. The award is for a 2.75% increase to all national joint council (NJC) pay scales, with this rise backdated to 1 April 2020.

Part of the deal includes an increase in the minimum annual leave, from 21 to 22 days for employees with less than five years' service; this comes into effect on 1 April 2020, and the Green Book will be updated accordingly.

You can access full details on the offer here.


NAHT's view

We are disappointed that local government employers did not revise this offer further.

The system used to determine school business leaders' (SBLs') pay continues to fail to recognise the status and seniority of their role or take account of the growth in the scope and responsibility to their role in recent years.


Next steps

We do not believe that the local government pay negotiations adequately deal with the needs of SBLs.

We are campaigning vigorously for a national framework that defines the roles and sets out the pay and conditions of all those employed in a national, publicly-funded education system, including SBLs.

We believe that the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document (STPCD) is currently the most appropriate vehicle for this, and we are developing our 2020/21 campaign on this. If you are interested in providing your views or experiences to help inform this campaign, please email

Alongside this campaign, we are awaiting news on the joint union claim for support staff pay submitted for 2021/22, and will be reaching out to members to gather their views on this as it progresses.

​We will also continue to press the government in terms of appropriate funding for schools, including calls to ensure that the government fully funds all pay awards. You can access further details on our funding campaign here.​

First published 07 September 2020