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Education in the media: 23 June

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Teachers’ salaries

Yesterday, 22 June, we published the annual school workforce statistics.

The statistics show that the average salary of a teacher has risen to £35,100, up by £500 on the year before. The average pay for teachers in leadership roles has also gone up by £600 to £57,500.

The statistics also show that there has been an increase in the number of heads being paid more than £100,000. This was reported by the Press Association and followed up by the Times, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and the Sun.

It is down to the governing boards of schools to decide the pay of individual headteachers and they should take into account the funding available to them. In many cases these heads will be in charge of more than one school.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

“Pay of individual heads is a matter for governing boards who are in the best position to decide how they should spend the funding available to them to ensure the best outcomes for their pupils.


“We have a record number of teachers in our schools – 15,500 more than in 2010. The number of new teachers entering our classrooms outnumbers those who retire or leave, and there are more teachers returning to the profession.”

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