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‘A slap in the face’ for school leaders

The government ignored a recommendation to give senior staff the same pay rise as teachers – and some fear a leadership recruitment crisis will follow

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When it comes to the challenges facing schools, few are more acute than the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

It was no surprise, then, that education secretary Damian Hinds nodded in this direction when announcing a 3.5 per cent pay rise for teachers on the main pay scale.

But another recruitment crisis is vexing schools and governors – one that appears to be a lower priority for the Department for Education: the diminishing pool of future school leaders.

In setting the remit for the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) in December, Hinds’ predecessor, Justine Greening, asked it to ...

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