Hi Tafkam, Theo has recommended I ask you this one. I know that in the state sector ( academies and free schools aside) teachers are not allowed to accept a pay cut to secure a post but I wondered how this worked with leadership scale. I am looking at head teacher posts in very small schools where some have salary ranges L6-L10, or L8 - L12. Does this mean that if you are a Deputy already on say L12 that you cannot apply for these posts as it would mean taking a pay cut. Just hoping to reduce the competition a bit! Thanks for any help you can give.