More cash would ease the burden on small primary school headships

18th January 2008 at 00:00
Wymeswold Church of England Primary is a 103-pupil school in a small village outside Loughborough, Leicestershire. There are lower than average numbers of pupils on free school meals or with special needs.

Sharon Deackes (left to right in photograph), headteacher New pay: pound;48,119

When Sharon Deackes, 50, left her previous job as a deputy to become head, she stayed on the same pay. "I had been a deputy for 15 years and had got to the point where I wanted to make an impact on my own school. I didn't think about the pay until I started doing the job, and then I thought, 'Hang on a minute.'" She now finds herself in a small school, teaching as well as being a manager. "I think more money would make small school headship more attractive," she said.

Carolyn Jephson, part-time teacher, pound;33,870 pro rata

Carolyn Jephson, 46, has worked part-time since her son was born 13 years ago. She is on a two-day week. She said: "I do the planning, marking and everything else on my days off. Then I have the weekend free to spend with my family. I am able to work part-time as my husband earns a good wage."

Becky Jackson, assistant head, pound;37,607

Becky Jackson, 38, is facing an expensive time as her daughter and step-daughter, both 16, prepare to leave home. She said: "Teaching is a vocation. You don't go into it with thoughts of pay. But when you are older and have children to support and a mortgage to pay, the salary situation becomes more important. I am on the leadership scale, but my salary is far less than my lawyer and doctor friends. My children are heading towards university age and I worry about supporting them."

Marion Elsmore, teaching assistant

Her pay is not affected by the deal.

Jo Riddell, classroom teacher, pound;30,148

"I love my job, and teachers' pay isn't that bad," said Miss Riddell, 31, who teaches a mixed receptionYear 1 class. "But I do think we deserve more." An 18-mile round trip to the school means that she has been hit by petrol price rises. She said: "The cost of living rises, but our wages don't seem to rise with it. We should definitely have an above-inflation pay rise."

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