Going backwards: Gender pay gap in schools widens further

Despite it being illegal to pay men and women different salaries for the same job, the headship gender pay gap in state schools is fast approaching £3,000 after stark increases over the last decade.

New analysis (WomenEd, 2021) lays bare the reality that regardless of teaching role, school phase or structure, men are typically being paid more than women.

At classroom level, the figures show that men earn an average of 2.4 per cent more. However, this increases to 6.4 per cent at senior leadership and 11.3 per cent at headteacher level.

The report has been published jointly by WomenEd, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), and National Governance Association (NGA).

In 2018, the UK government required all organisations including schools and colleges with 250 or more employees in England, Scotland, and Wales to publish their gender pay gap. This data is now reported online on the government’s Gender Pay Gap Service.

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