I recently verbally accepted a fixed term teaching position after a period of working outside the UK and a short absence from work (less than a year, during which I have been studying towards a further qualification in education). This will be my 8th year of teaching. My experience in certain subject areas was listed as a desired quality for the role. The role was advertised as MPS, no reference was made to salary on any of the details sent from the school or in the application pack and it was not mentioned at interview. When I was offered the post I neglected to raise the issue of pay: I am aware that there is no longer any requirement for schools to honour pay portability and that salary is now up for negotiation, therefore I was fully expecting a conversation to take place regarding this matter in due course. I started work at the beginning of the month and have just received my letter of appointment and contract, listing me as MPS1. When I queried this as a potential error, stating my prior experience, I was informed that the role was originally advertised as MPS1 due to budgetary constraints. This is not the case, as mentioned above (I have a copy of the advert proving this). So: I am soon to meet with the head to discuss the issue and my contract is, as yet, unsigned. I have requested to see a copy of the school's Pay Policy in advance and am hoping to be able to look over the county guidelines also. Can anyone offer any advice regarding negotiation in this matter? I am aware that I am starting on the back foot here as I verbally accepted without negotiating. However is their position not weakened also by the false claim that they advertised at MPS1, effectively changing the terms of the contract after I accepted? Any advice would be gratefully received.