Treasury criticised for ‘excessive’ headteacher salaries


By Rachel Foster
on 19 January, 2015

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Treasury criticised for ‘excessive’ headteacher salaries

Levels of headteacher pay are again under scrutiny with the publication of the Committee of Public Accounts report criticising ‘excessive’ headteacher salaries and making recommendations for clear expectations of senior level pay and restraint.

In October, Nicky Morgan said that those responsible for spending public education funding “need to think very carefully about the salaries that are being approved and think about the accountability for those salaries”. The latest figures show 933 heads received six-figure salaries last year, with two thirds of these working in academies, where there are fewer restrictions over staff pay. Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary, argues it is wrong to categorise headteacher salaries as ‘excessive’.

With average salaries of £56,000, the majority of heads do not receive these pay ranges, which are generally limited to heads managing multiple schools.

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