Hello I started working at my current school as an unqualified teacher, then went through the TES Straight to Teaching and am currently in the last term of my NQT year. I was categorically told the maximum amount that the school paid for unqualified teachers regardless of qualifications then on achieving QTS, what the pay scale was that I would follow. Maybe naively I believed this. The next unqualified member of staff taken on is currently half way through the Straight to Teaching course. They are currently earning £8,000 more than me. We are doing the same job, qualified the same way; key differences are gender and the fact they have a PhD. I know Independent schools have freedom with pay but this seems completely unfair. We are doing the same job, the same training etc - maybe some allowance to attract highly qualified staff but the PhD really does not impact much on the teaching of 11-16 year olds. Can I challenge this? Or should I just not have believed the pay 'scale'? Or am I just not qualified enough to deserve a fair salary? There are other issues currently but lack of clarity and fairness of pay is a big one and does not just involve this situation.