Record number of teachers earn six-figure salaries as the rise of academies brings bumper pay packages

The Mail is reporting that a record number of senior teachers are earning six-figure salaries as the rise of academy schools brings bumper pay packages.

Statistics show 1,230 teachers were paid more than £100,000 last year, up 4 per cent from 2013.

Of those on six-figure salaries, 60 per cent worked at academies, which have more freedom over wages as they are not controlled by local authorities.

The figures – obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – show 108 teachers were paid more than the Prime Minister, with salaries topping £142,000.

Chris Keates, of the NASUWT union, said: ‘The combination of increased autonomy for schools and weak governance is failing to provide the appropriate regulation and scrutiny to ensure that headteachers’ salaries are determined in an open, fair and transparent manner.

‘The opportunity and potential for abuse is significant.’

Of the 739 academy teachers paid more than £100,000, 675 run secondary schools and 64 were in charge of primaries. In local authority-run schools there were 235 secondary heads and 146 primary head teachers.

The average salary of a secondary school teacher is £37,900 at an academy and £38,900 at a council-controlled school.

Christine Blower, of the National Union of Teachers, said: ‘Teachers will be dismayed at this growing inequality while they continue to face a depression in pay.’

…Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: ‘Large schools are complex organisations with hundreds of staff, thousands of children and budgets running into the millions.

‘With that moral responsibility comes ever increasing pressure and risk, so it is right to reward head teachers who are doing a good job on a level comparable to similar-sized roles.’

More at: March of the teachers taking home salaries of more than £100k: Record number of earn six-figure salaries as the rise of academy schools brings bumper pay packages


Interestingly the issue is blamed on academies, and the report notes that 60% of the salaries over £100k are in academies, but that is also the proportion of secondary schools that are now academies so perhaps the situation is more nuanced in this respect?

Perhaps predictably, Russell Hobby, who represents heads, justifies the higher salaries but what do you think of the positions on Chris Keates and Christine Blower: are they right to challenge high pay rates for school leaders or should they actually welcome them?

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  1. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove I suspect more teachers are dismayed at the growing inequality between public sector and private sector pay rises in general

  2. Snorrarcisco

    SchoolsImprove I would say there are more teachers unable to reach high salaries due to insane and unrealistic objectives

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove In order to keep staff in some subjects schools are becoming full of “leaders” & that’s pushing up average wage artificially

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Posts need filling and increased wages are one way of persuading people to apply; it doesn’t make it right but is reality

  5. murphiegirl

    SchoolsImprove Disingenuous headline from the Mail (*shock*) – they’re talking about school leaders, not classroom teachers.

  6. aidanpettitt

    aidanpettitt Academy heads get paid more than local authority school heads and academy teachers get paid even less than school teachers.

  7. andylutwyche SchoolsImprove And some of these ‘executive principals’ don’t seem to spend much time in the classroom.  The late Ted Wragg was once asked how a school visitor would recognise an executive principal.  ‘You won’t,’ he replied, ‘they’re never there.’

  8. CarlJLander

    SchoolsImprove I would pay the Exec Head at HAJschool a six figure salary. A true professional who cares deeply about children

  9. writeandraise

    SchoolsImprove Looking ahead, where should the salary line be drawn? Is this another avenue for backdoor privatisation or PPP?

  10. DisIdealist

    antiacademies why is this being reported as “teachers”? These people are heads and deputies. How many classroom teachers got £100k? None?

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