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greater flexibility, no more clarity for Head Teacher pay

14 February 2014

Governors tasked with setting the pay for a new head teacher appointment have found themselves in a tricky position in the last few years. With Academies being outside the bounds of the national terms, some schools have used their discretion to set high salaries. This has led to uncertainty for governors and difficulty for some schools in recruitment.

It was hoped that the School Teachers Review Body report would change that. It was not to be. The recommendation is that some of the complexities regarding differentials between Head and SLT salaries are removed and that there is more flexibility for the setting of Head pay, particularly within the group. However, all schools are now being encouraged to consider Head salaries in the context of their school circumstances.

The consequence of this is that the current market will become murkier. Governors will be put under more pressure but without clear information. We agree with the report's suggestion that governors use benchmarking data (when available) but recommend that schools take advice on applying this and don’t use it in isolation.

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