School leadership pay put under review


Headteachers have called for school business managers to be recognised on the leadership pay spine.

Education secretary Michael Gove has asked the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to make recommendations on how to provide a “simplified and flexible framework” for school leaders’ pay.

In a letter to STRB chair, Dame Patricia Hodgson, Mr Gove asked the STRB to advise on a pay framework that is “sufficiently flexible to support a range of leadership models, including leadership of multiple schools”.

Both the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has urged the STRB to include business mangers in its recommendations. The NAHT described the role as “essential” to schools while ASCL said the “anomaly” had to be addressed.

ASCL general secretary Brian Lightman said: “We have urged the government to acknowledge the hugely important role that business managers and other senior support staff have by allowing them to be paid on the same leadership pay scale as their colleagues who are teachers.

“It will also be necessary to consider key personnel who are not members of senior teams but hold significant leadership responsibilities, such as heads of large departments and those with responsibility for whole-school issues.”

Elsewhere, the NAHT has called for the “rigid link” between school size and leadership to be loosened to take “more account of the challenge of the job”.

General secretary Russell Hobby added: “We think more should be done to reward system leadership, where heads have responsibility for more than one school, as perverse incentives can make it impossible to work across schools. We should also ensure however that it remains attractive and viable to lead a single school.”

Mr Gove has asked the STRB to report before January 10, 2014.


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