• 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

  • Performance-related pay will solve teacher retention crisis

    To keep talented teachers from quitting, you have to pay them according to how well they do, says Lee Miller In almost all walks of life, employees are rewarded for excellent work. It motivates them to stay with their employer and continue to perform well, which in theory, leads to even higher pay in future.

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Five graphs that reveal why the 1% pay cap puts the education system at “substantial risk”

    Stalling retention and recruitment is putting the future of the education system at “substantial risk”, according to the official body that reviews teacher pay . As part of its report into pay, the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) recommended that payrises for teachers remain capped at one per cent from September. But the board issued

    15.20 Jul. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Government to review 1% teacher pay cap

    The government is reportedly set to review the 1 per cent cap on teacher pay – meaning it could potentially be lifted this year. Downing Street sources have told the media the general election showed people are “weary” of the public sector pay cap of 1 per cent. Sources said the government will “listen to

    14.03 Jun. 28th, 2017 | News