Exclusive: Dramatic increase in pay gap between heads and classroom teachers

Unions say academy freedoms have led to growing pay gap between school leaders and classroom teachers

Will Hazell & Martin George

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A stark and growing pay gap between heads and classroom teachers has been uncovered by a TES analysis.

Teaching unions see the trend as evidence of growing “pay inequality” and say it is due to greater flexibility over pay and the rise of academies. However, heads point to the increasing demands of leadership posts as a justification for higher salaries.

The news comes as TES reveals that the salaries of some multi-academy trust leaders have increased significantly – in one case almost doubling in a year.

In 2000, the average salary of classroom teachers in England and Wales was £23,980 – 64 per cent of the £37,520 average salary of headteachers.

But by 2015 (when the Department for Education collected the figures for England only), classroom teachers in state-funded schools earned just 51 per cent of the average pay of headteachers. This meant they took home £34,600 on average, compared with the £67,300 received by heads.

Dave Wilkinson, a national negotiating official at the NASUWT, said that while his union was in favour of school leaders being paid “fairly”, the growing pay gap between classroom teachers and heads “causes concern”.

A DfE spokeswoman said: “It is vital we have the best people to lead our schools if we are to raise standards and ensure all pupils can reach their full potential.

“That’s why we have given all schools greater flexibility to set staff pay, reward exceptional leaders and attract strong leadership teams to work in the most challenging schools. It is for governing bodies to determine salaries.”

Last November, Department for Education figures said 111 academy trustees – including chief executives and principals – were paid more than £150,000 in 2014-15. The report did not identify the individuals or their trusts, but the DfE gave TES the names of the trusts after a Freedom of Information request, allowing pay information to be extracted from their financial accounts.

The figures below show the remuneration of the top paid trustees of the academy trusts identified by the Department for Education, as stated in their 2014-15 accounts. These figures do not include employer pension contributions.

Academy trust Name Pay 2014-15 (£)
Academies Enterprise Trust Ian Comfort 225-230,000
Academy Transformation Trust Ian Cleland 180-190,000
Academy Transformation Trust Joyce Hodgetts 160-170,000
Alec Reed Academy, The Gary Lobbett 150-155,000
Ambitions Academies Trust Brian Hooper 200-205,000
Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, The Sir Christopher Stone 160-165,000
Aspirations Academies Trust Steve Kenning 225-230,000
Barnet City Academy Angela Trigg 150-155,000
Barnhill Partnership Trust, The Robert Lobatto 135-140,000
Baxter College David Seddon 130-135,000
Beal Multi-academy Trust Limited Sue Snowdon 145-150,000
Boston Witham Academies Federation, The Adrian Reed 210-215,000
Bourne Education Trust Alex Russell 160,000
Bradford Academy Trust Gareth Dawkins 153,518
Brampton Manor Trust Dayo Olukoshi 170-180,000
Brentwood Academies Trust Mike O'Sullivan 130-135,000
Bridge Academy, Hackney, The Stephen Foster 145-150,000
Brigantia Learning Trust Limited Christopher French 140-150,000
Brooke Weston Trust, The Andrew Campbell 160-165,000
Burntwood School Helen Dorfman 160-165,000
Cardinal Hume Academies Trust, The Martin Tissot 175-180,000
Carmel Education Trust Maura Regan 155-160,000
Carshalton Boys Sports College Simon Barber 180-185,000
Castle View Enterprise Academy Janet Bridges 135-140,000
Central Learning Partnership Trust Georgetta Holloway 155-160,000
Central Learning Partnership Trust Doug Selkirk 170-175,000
Chingford Academies Trust Mark Morrall 150-155,000
City Academy, Hackney, The Mark Emmerson 150-155,000
City Learning Trust Carl Ward 155-160,000
City of London Academies (Southwark) Richard Bannister 150-155,000
Collegiate Trust, The Sir Mark Grundy 175-180,000
Copleston High School Shaun Common 150-155,000
Cranford Community College Kevin Prunty 170-175,000
De La Salle Academy Trust Principal 150-155,000
Dixons Academies Charitable Trust Limited Sir Nick Weller 185-190,000
Dover Federation for the Arts, The Christopher Russell 150-155,000
E-ACT David Moran 151,500
Education Fellowship Trust, The Johnson Kane 155-160,000
Evolve Trust, The Janice Addison 155-160,000
Exmouth Community College Anthony Alexander 160-165,000
Gateway Learning Community Kevin Sadler 170-175,000
Giles Academy, The Christopher Walls 150-155,000
GLF Schools Jon Chaloner 166,351
Graveney Trust Graham Stapleton 160-165,000
Green Spring Education Trust Mark Keary 180-185,000
Guru Nanak Sikh Academy Limited Rajinder Sandhu 170-175,000
Harris Federation Sir Dan Moynihan 395-400,000
Hatton Academies Trust Victoria Bishop 165-170,000
Hayes School (Bromley) Name not disclosed £140-150,000 (highest paid member of staff)
Heath Family (North West), The Heather Mullaney 160-170,000
Hillyfield Primary Academy Steve Lancashire 220-225,000
Holland Park School Colin Hall 190-195,000
Holland Park School David Chappell 140-145,000
Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust Tom Quinn 180-190,000
Howard Partnership Trust, The Rhona Barnfield 150-155,000
Huntingdon Academy (L.E.A.D. Academy Trust) Diana Owen 170-175,000
Inspiration Trust Dame Rachel de Souza 155-160,000
Ivybridge Academy Trust Robert Haring 170-175,000
John Wallis Church of England Academy, Ashford, The John McParland 157,000
John Warner School, The David Kennedy 150-155,000
Joseph Leckie Academy Trust Keith Whittlestone 170-175,000
Kenton Schools Academy Trust David Pearmain 140-145,000
Kesteven and Sleaford Academy Trust Craig Booker 90-95,000
KJS Academy Trust, The Margaret Wilson 150-155,000
Knole Academy Trust Mary Boyle 180-185,000
Laidlaw Schools Trust, The Principal 176,106
Langley Academy Trust, The Rhondri Bryant 150-155,000
Legra Academy Trust Bev Williams 185-190,000
Leigh Academies Trust Simon Beamish 145-150,000
Lion Academy Trust Robert James 165-170,000
Lionheart Academies Trust Hugh Howe 140-145,000
Loxford School Trust Limited Anita Johnson 200-205,000
Macmillan Academy Kenneth Fraser 130-135,000
Maiden Erlegh Trust Peter Thomas 180-190,000
McAuley Catholic High School, The Catherine Brown 100-105,000 (12 month pro rata)
Mossbourne Federation, The unnamed 140-150,000 (highest paid member of staff)
Ninestiles Academy Trust Limited Christine Quinn 150-155,000
Northern Schools Trust Nigel Ward 170-180,000
Ormiston Academies Trust Toby Salt 180-185,000
Ormiston Academies Trust Nicole McCartney 145-150,000
Outwood Grange Academies Trust Sir Michael Wilkins 200-205,000
Paradigm Trust Amanda Phillips 195,384
Priory Federation of Academies, The Ian Jones 150-155,000
QED Academy Trust Nigel McLaughlin 175-180,000
Redborne Upper School and Community College Nigel Croft 145-150,000
Richard Challoner School Tom Cahill 160-165,000
RightforSuccess Trust Valerie Moore 145-150,000
Rodillian Multi Academy Trust, The Andrew Goulty 190-195,000
Sacred Heart Catholic School Serge Cefai 140-145,000
School Partnership Trust Academies Sir Paul Edwards 185-190,000
Sentamu Academy Learning Trust Andrew Chubb 140-145,000
Shire Oak Academy Trust Gary Crowther 185-190,000
Silver Birch Academy, The Patricia Davies 180-185,000
Slough and East Berkshire C of E Multi Academy Trust, The Paul McAteer 175-180,000
Southfields Academy Jacqueline Valin 180-185,000
Southmoor Academy Philip Ingram 145-150,000
Swakeleys School for Girls Susan Pryor 145-150,000
Swale Academies Trust Jonathan Whitcombe 180-185,000
TBAP Trust Seamus Oates 165-170,000
Thinking Schools Academy Trust, The Denise Shepherd 215-220,000
Thomas Hardye School, The Michael Foley 135-140,000
Tollbar Multi Academy Trust David Hampson 185-190,000
Torch Academy Gateway Trust John Tomasevic 270-275,000
Twynham Learning Terence Fish 130-135,000
Valley Invicta Academies Trust Philip Limbert 165-170,000
Wakefield City Academies Trust Alan Yellup 160-165,000
Whitley Academy Lorraine Allen 135-140,000
Wickersley Partnership Trust David Hudson 180-190,000
Williamson Trust, The Gary Holden 150-155,000
Windsor Academy Trust Keith Sorrell 160-165,000

This is an edited article from the 13 January edition of TES. Subscribers can read the full article here. This week's TES magazine is available in all good newsagents. To download the digital edition, Android users can click here and iOS users can click here

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