We've come back to a new year in a recently converted academy. Staff transfered from the school to the academy are being told that we won't move up the pay scale unless Performance Management targets (set before the conversion to academy was even raised) are met. This will be decided in November, and if we are successful we will be backdated the extra pay in December. I've looked through (what appear to be) the relevant parts of the STPCD but it seems ambiguous on whether this is allowed; this (and a lack of trust of the academy!) has left me a little confused. What I'd like to know is - Can the academy withhold progress up the pay scale (and the resulting pay increase) until December '11 without having notified anyone the previous school year (10/11) that our service was not satisfactory? Should progress be with-held the next year? (ie we wouldn't progress in September 2012 if notice was served this year that we hadn't met 2010/11 targets to their satisfaction) Mandatory Points 18.1.1 The relevant body must award- (a) the number of points awarded when the classroom teacher was first placed on the pay scale for classroom teachers in accordance with any of the Documents published between 2002 and 2010 or paragraph 26 of this Document; (b) a point for each year of employment (interpreted in accordance with paragraph 1.8) as a classroom teacher completed since the teacher was first so placed unless notification has taken place in accordance with sub-paragraph 1.6 that the teacher’s service has not been satisfactory in respect of any such year. 18.1.6 Where a classroom teacher remains in service on 1st September in the school in which the teacher was employed during the previous school year, the relevant body, when considering whether or not the teacher’s service has been satisfactory for the purposes of sub-paragraph 1.1(b), must seek and take into account advice from the head teacher and where the relevant body considers that such service has been unsatisfactory it must notify the teacher in writing before the end of the current school year and before the relevant body makes a determination for the purpose of sub-paragraph 1.1. Thanks for any help in making this clearer for me.