Treasury told to get a grip on ‘excessive’ headteacher salaries

The TES is reporting that ministers have been told by a parliamentary watchdog to do more to control the “excessive” pay levels enjoyed by some state-school heads…

The government risks undermining its own policy of public pay restraint by giving schools and other state institutions autonomy over staff salaries, according to a report published today by the Public Accounts Committee…

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act in the autumn show that 41 headteachers were earning more than prime minister David Cameron’s £142,500-a-year package; up from 31 the previous year…

The committee says it “asked the Treasury what they were doing in respect of controlling salaries in the education sector, especially around academies and ‘super-heads’ and who was accountable for how much they were paid”.

The report says the Treasury responded by saying “it was trying to collect data to assess the degree to which individual academies were taking account of the freedoms granted to them”.

It also told MPs that where it identified “pay anomalies” it would take them to the Department for Education…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Govt should ask why some HT salaries have got so big: birth of the “Super Head” & frequency of sackings (short term career)

  2. Value_added

    SchoolsImprove Money for Super heads comes from excessive staff turnover,ever cheaper teachers, burnt out & replaced. Children lose out.

  3. morris_emma

    SchoolsImprove Having been involved in Head recruitment, if you want the skills and experience it comes at a price. It’s not an easy job.

  4. MadgeJesss

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove And retention payments when governors dread losing a good head. Tough finding a new one in a challenging area.

  5. andylutwyche

    MadgeJesss SchoolsImprove Quite – the field is limited and there’s an element of “better the devil you know” so incentives must be offered

  6. Bedtonman

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove perhaps if they stopped demonising teachers and piling stress on headteachers salaries would need 2 b so big

  7. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove This is a responsibility devolved to governing bodies by central government. Get used to it!

  8. Janet2

    @morris_emma SchoolsImprove One of the highest-paid heads when Gove was shadow ed sec, Greg Martin, had been at Durand for more than 20 years so the difficulty in recruitment argument doesn’t apply there.  At the time Gove said it was wrong that heads should earn more than the shadow ed sec.  Seems to have forgotten that when he became SoS – he gave Martin a knighthood!

  9. Kathfanderson

    SchoolsImprove Hmm, not particularly excessive when viewed against comparable management positions in public or private sector.

  10. andylutwyche

    “MadgeJesss: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Or the angel who might be headhunted by a bigger or easier school.” Indeed – HTs thin on ground

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