The tribunal was swayed by the evidence of the then head of Mallaig Secondary, a 160-pupil school. Forbes Jackson said behavioural difficulties were not a major issue. The tribunal ruled: "Whilst there may generally be a higher incidence of problems in the secondary sector, this was not an indication that the headteachers were more involved to a significant extent, justifying a higher salary".
The tribunal decided that secondary heads did not face more "demanding" pupils. But this was "a close call", because of "the paucity of evidence from the primary sector".
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