Top teachers’ pay freeze unfair to heads, says union

The BBC is reporting claims from the ASCL that plans to freeze senior teachers’ pay “arbitrarily discriminate” against school leaders…

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) has recommended a 1% pay rise for most teachers, in line with public sector pay increases.

But there is no increase at the top levels, so some heads will miss out…

It says that by recommending no pay rise for very senior leaders, the STRB is in effect implementing a “pay freeze”.

Although the STRB recommended a salary rise of up to 2% for some classroom teachers in the main pay band, it will be up to individual schools to award this based on their teachers’ performance.

It adds that school governors could also decide to spend some of their budget on higher pay for senior leaders.

The report says: “As a consequence of recent reforms, governing bodies have considerable flexibility in setting salaries above the maximum of the relevant head teacher pay group, if merited.”

Brian Lightman, general secretary of ASCL, described the “pay freeze” as “ill-conceived”, saying: “Although the monetary value is small, the message that it sends is that the contribution that some staff make is not valued…

 

I must confess to being slightly confused following the exact position here.

Am I right in summarising it that there will be no automatic pay increase for heads – or at least heads at the upper end of the scale – but that governing bodies have the flexibility to decide such raises in individual schools if they want?

If that’s the case, is that such a bad situation as Brian Lightman is making out here? Or do you believe heads deserve to have an automatic raise now without having to persuade governing bodies of the validity of their claim?

Please give us your insight and feedback in the comments below or via twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Let’s get this clear: schools can’t afford a 1% rise as budgets have been frozen/cut, so the 2% for some will never happen

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Let’s get this clear: schools can’t afford a 1% rise as budgets have been frozen/cut, so the 2% for some will never happen

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Let’s get this clear: schools can’t afford a 1% rise as budgets have been frozen/cut, so the 2% for some will never happen

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I imagine that some HTs in some schools will get around this but with frozen budgets this whole recommendation is impossible

  5. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove With frozen budgets both is 1% rise & PRP are almost impossible for schools to implement. MPs handily forget to mention this

  6. But academies have freedom over pay.  Many have used it to bump up the pay of heads (aka principals or executive principals) to eye-watering levels and will probably still do so.

    That said, if the 1% cap is unfair to heads (who earn more in any case), then it’s also unfair for teachers lower down the scale.

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