• Teacher pay scales are essential - here's why

    With the government having announced the teacher pay rises for 2018-19, Mary Bousted explains why she thinks centralised pay scales are essential DIY is not a good idea when it comes to teachers’ pay. If going it alone were a good idea, academies and free schools, which have the freedom to determine their own pay

    12.30 Jul. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Scrap national pay scales and let schools decide

    With school leaders and teachers frustrated about the government’s delay in announcing teacher pay rises, Mark Lehain makes the case for scrapping centralised pay scales There is loads about being a head that I have missed since leaving Bedford Free School last August. One thing I haven’t missed is the challenge of setting a budget

    12.30 Jul. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Teacher pay rise: how will different schools implement it?

    The Department for Education has announced that it will help fund pay rises for teachers and school leaders next year. But what does this mean if you work in an academy compared to a maintained school, and how will it affect wider school budgets? Micon Metcalfe explains. The school teacher review body (STRB) 2018 report

    11.05 Jul. 25th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Teachers ARE motivated by pay, research shows

    The idea that teachers are not motivated by pay is misleading and not backed by evidence, according to a leading researcher. In fact, teachers with degrees that could let them earn more money in another job are more likely to leave the profession, Sam Sims, a researcher at Education Datalab (pictured below), has found. His

    15.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • No, teachers aren't overpaid - despite what some think-tanks may claim

    Last week, the Taxpayers’ Alliance, a right-wing think-tank, tried to claim that teachers are paid too much, flying in the face of all the evidence. Here, NFER’s Jack Worth debunks a few of the worst points in its research The Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) report on Schools Spending last week was a baffling and extraordinarily narrow

    14.46 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • A NEU dawn: NUT and ATL hold final conferences

    The National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers held their last conferences as separate unions over the Easter break. The two sections will meet as one amalgamated National Education Union next year. Schools Week’s political editor Freddie Whittaker attended so you didn’t have to. 1. Ofsted ‘overstepped the mark’ during hijab row

    12.45 Apr. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Mind the gap: The best and worst gender-based pay at multi-academy trusts

    In 2017, the government passed a law forcing every organisation with 250 or more employees to publish specific figures about the difference in pay between genders, both on their own websites and on gov.uk. The stats had to include both the mean and median gender pay gap, the proportion of men and women who have

    5.00 Apr. 14th, 2018 | News

  • When it comes to teacher pay, we're just like monkeys

    In 2012, the scientist Frans de Waal revealed how monkeys go berserk if paid unequally for a task. A YouTube video, watched 13 million times, shows a researcher giving two Capuchin monkeys a food treat in return for handing her a pebble. When the first monkey is given a cucumber, he happily eats it. But

    10.13 Mar. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Investigation: The ups and downs of academy CEO pay

    Our annual analysis of chief executive pay in the largest academy chains once again reveals huge variations, including between men and women, and pay per pupil and school. We looked at trusts with more than 20 schools in 2016-17.  Sir Dan Moynihan of the Harris federation came top of all CEOs for salary, with a

    19.40 Mar. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Primary MATs have the widest gender pay gap

    Primary school academy trusts have the largest pay gaps between men and women according to new national data – and senior figures are pointing to the high numbers of female staff in low paid roles as the main reason. The government announced in April 2016 that academy trusts and schools with more than 250 workers

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2018 | News

  • It's time to beat the gender pay gap in schools!

    Schools will soon all be obliged to publish the differences in what they pay men and women. Sameena Choudry explains why that gap must now be filled. Last October, Theresa May brought the gender pay gap back into prominence. She declared that tackling it is an absolute priority for the government and made it a

    5.00 Jan. 20th, 2018 | Opinion