Hello everyone, I need some help with a problem at school with pay and conditions. I work in an independent secondary school in the South West and all the teaching staff have received a letter recently, entitled "Pay Review September 2018". It states: "I am pleased to inform you that the Governors have agreed to increase the salary scales for Teaching Staff for the academic year 2018.19. I can confirm that your annual salary, UPS3, with effect from 1 September 2018 will be £39,017 . The letter continues to thank staff and praise staff for going 'above and beyond', being a hallmark of 'leading schools' and building a reputation as a 'great employer, offering attractive salaries.' Quite a lot of us, of a certain age, are on the same scale point - UPS3 - and imagine our shock when we checked the union and TES pay scales for 2018 figures and found that in the maintained sector USP3 is £39,406 - a difference of £389 per annum. The salary scales have always been tied to the state sector for as long as anyone can remember so we were all upset and to be honest quite disgusted since no-one from management has even hinted that we would be paid less than the state sector or conditions would be changed. Also, there is a clause in everyone's teaching contract which states, "The Teacher shall received an annual salary not less than that calculated in accordance with the National Salary Scales applying to teachers in the maintained sector (that is the scales set out in The School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document published from time to time by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, or any appropriate replacement or modification thereof). Please can the experts amongst you give some guidance and advice on this? We really want to know if we can challenge this and how to go about it? Any help will be greatly appreciated.