So, one cause for slight satisfaction in the recent pay policy changes was an appreciation of experienced teachers, as shown by the 2% pay increase for those at the maxima of the Main Pay Scale. But will your school give you this 2%? Some LAs have been advising that schools introduce a split in the MPS maxima, so that it is not M6 any more - but 6a (getting the 1% rise) and 6b (getting the 2% rise). I deplore this policy, as for younger teachers it means a longer, slower climb up to decent rates of pay, and putting off the professional development of the UPS. It will affect long term salary, and pension contributiuons. Instead of the pat on the back suggested, many will be getting a slap in the face- if, that is, they are even aware of the changes. So many younger teachers are busy, distracted, and maybe not in a union. Would you notice?