Commenting on the publication by the Department for Education of School Workforce statistical data on headteachers’ salaries, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Headteachers and other school leaders have an important and critical job to do in leading and managing teaching and learning in schools.
“It is important that the pay of school leaders appropriately reflects the demanding and challenging nature of the job and the need to recruit and retain high quality leaders across all schools.
“However, it is also necessary that there should be transparency and accountability regarding the use of public money to recognise and reward school leaders.
“Headteachers should have their annual salaries published in a clear and transparent way like every other person in senior public service positions. This is vital.
“It is scandalous that schools in receipt of millions of pounds of public money do not have a requirement to show exactly what they pay their heads.
“Trust and confidence in the system of pay for school leaders will not be secured whilst headteachers’ pay and rewards continue to be shrouded in secrecy.”
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