More cash would ease the burden on small primary school headships
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."