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Salaries and benefits

Teachers' salaries and pay scales 

The GDST recognises and rewards leadership and teaching excellence in its schools and has its own pay and grading structure, and system of career and pay progression, both for teachers and leaders. GDST pay bands offer attractive salaries and pay progression, when compared with the education sector generally. In most cases, new staff will be recruited between the start and mid-points of the pay band for their grade. Pay progression is based on individual performance. All staff are eligible to move up their pay band to the maximum point, and progression is quicker for higher rated performers.

Support staff salaries

The GDST has its own pay and grading structure for support staff, based on a job evaluation system. GDST pay bands apply and offer attractive salaries compared with like jobs in the local market. The GDST is proud to pay the Living Wage as a minimum rate. In most cases, new staff will be recruited below the mid-point of the pay band for the grade. Pay increases and pay progression are discretionary, based on individual performance.

Support Staff Pay 2015/16

Training and professional development 

Regular review and professional development are an essential part of the GDST's programme. As well as the INSET programme offered by each school, GDST-funded training grants and interest-free training loans are available to support individual courses of study. 

The GDST also runs a highly regarded central training and development programme that is open to all staff, both teaching and support. There is a supportive appraisal system in place for all staff, and our own Portal (intranet) gives the opportunity for discussion and exchange of information with colleagues in other schools throughout the GDST.