The shared headship on Arran – which involves six schools coming under
the leadership of one headteacher
– is the largest grouping of primaries
under one head in Scotland. But shared headship is becoming increasingly common.
A report written by the Scottish government’s Working Group on Headteacher Recruitment – uncovered by Tes Scotland through a freedom-of-information request – found that, between 2010 and 2017, the number of heads responsible for more than one school in Scotland rose from 118 to 194 – an increase of 64 per cent. According to the latest figures, 9 per cent of heads lead more than one school, which is up from about 5 per cent in 2010.
The trend is “most significant in the primary sector”, with 151 more primary schools in shared-headship arrangements in 2017 than in 2010.
However, the report questioned whether headteachers who led more than one school were being properly paid, “given the unique challenges involved”. It called on the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers – through which teachers’ pay and conditions are decided – to examine the issue, noting that there was “no common approach to remuneration of these posts”.