Dozens of head teachers are paid bigger salaries than PM (with two taking home over £190,000)

The Mail is reporting that more than 40 head teachers are earning more than the Prime Minister despite rules it claims intended to curb huge salaries…

The number of state school heads paid more than David Cameron, who earns £142,500 a year, has soared by a third in a year – to 41.

Of those, eight earn at least £170,000 and two take home £190,000 or more.

The revelation prompted calls for greater scrutiny of heads’ pay deals because the system offers ‘significant potential for abuse’.

The School Teachers’ Review Body recommended earlier this year that heads could receive up to £132,685 in exceptional circumstances, rising to £141,250 in inner London.

But the independent STRB also says that normally, the maximum pay for a head in charge of ‘multiple very large schools’ should be £106,148 or £113,000 in central London.

It follows a call in 2010 from then education secretary Michael Gove for heads’ pay packets to be kept smaller than the Prime Minister’s. But he was forced to water down the plan amid warnings a cap would be seen as a target, forcing salaries up instead of down.

The rise in bumper pay packets has been partly fuelled by the growth in academy schools, which are state-funded but enjoy greater freedom over staff pay.

Latest figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show that 933 heads were paid six-figure salaries last year, almost two-thirds of whom work at academies. This compares with 800 in 2012.

A total of 41 were paid more than £142,000 – up from 31 the previous year.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teachers’ union, blamed ‘increased autonomy for schools and weak governance’ for the failure to ensure heads’ salaries are set in an ‘open, fair and transparent manner’…

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  1. ivancompo

    Doubt most headteachers live for free in Downing Street, have a country pile called Chequers or can expect to become millionaires when they leave office.

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