Female headteachers get smaller pay rises than men

The TES is reporting a new analysis that suggests female teachers still find it harder to make the final leap to headship, and at secondary level they face a smaller pay rise if they do.

…Researchers found that between 2010 and 2014, men and women were equally likely to be promoted from classroom teacher to assistant head and from assistant to deputy. But when it came to stepping up to full headship, 33 per cent of men made the leap compared with just 29 per cent of women.

In secondary schools, male deputies who were promoted internally to become headteachers between 2010 and 2014 received £18,012 more whereas women who had done the same earned an average pay rise of £17,200, a difference of £812. For those deputies taking on the headship of a new school, men enjoyed an average pay rise of £17,698, compared with £16,296 for women, a difference of £1,402…

Dr Rebecca Allen, director of research organisation Education Datalab, who carried out the analysis of government statistics, said: “… it’s that jump from deputy to headship where there still appears to be a difference between the chances of men making the move compared to women.

“The greater pay rises for men are hard to explain. It may be that men are paid more because they are taking on schools that are more risky prospects but there might also be an element of bargaining.”

See more in the 15 January edition of TES

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See more on this from educationdatalab at: Understanding pay differentials in senior leadership


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