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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for employers on one-off £400 payment for teachers

Published: 22 Jun 2021

Guidance for employers on the one-off exceptional £400 payment for teachers. Those eligible are teachers who are supporting the delivery of the Alternative Certification Model for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in 2020/2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for employers on one-off £400 payment for teachers
How to tell your staff about this payment

How to tell your staff about this payment

The following is provided as a draft form of words for employers tell existing and former staff about the one-off exceptional £400 payment. 

Draft words

One-off exceptional £400 payment for Teachers supporting the delivery of the Alternative Certification Model for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in 2020/2021

In acknowledgement of COVID-19 related disruption to young people’s education this academic year, examinations for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses in 2021 were cancelled.  Instead, this year’s National Qualifications will be awarded based on teacher’s and lecturer’s judgement of evidence of each individual learner’s demonstrated attainment.  

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on 16 February 2021 a one-off exceptional £400 pro rata payment for teachers and lecturers involved in the assessment, marking and quality assurance of National 5, Higher and Advanced Highers in the absence of the 2021 examination diet.  

The Scottish Ministers wish to recognise the additional work undertaken in relation to delivering the Alternative Certification Model for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in 2020/2021. The payment will be made following completion of teacher’s and lecturer’s work in relation to this.

Those who work full-time or part-time are eligible for the payment. This includes whether you have a permanent or temporary contract. So long as you were employed between 1 January 2021 and 3 September 2021 as a teacher and supported the delivery of the ACM. 

Those who were shielding; on sick leave; on maternity, paternity, adoption leave; or furloughed are not precluded from qualifying for this payment if they have had a role in supporting the delivery of the ACM.  

In most cases we will be able to make this payment to you through your normal payroll without any information from you. 

We may need to make a change to your payment if you have:

  • more than one employer
  • left your role
  • retired
  • receive benefits 

Please notify us as soon as possible if we need to make a change to your payment. We need this information before [date] so that we request the correct amount from the Scottish Government to make the payment to our staff. 

We can spread the payment to you over a period of up to 3 months if this reduces the impact it has on your benefits. You need to notify us by [date] if you want us to do this. 


Contact

teacherpayment400@gov.scot