Teachers on mega-salaries

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SOME of Wigan’s top headteachers are claiming salaries of more than £100,000, new figures reveal.

And yet there are massive differences between what the bosses of the borough’s 127 school chiefs earn, their ranging from £46,808 to £105,097.

Details of all the taxpayer-funded pay packets were released by Wigan Council following a Freedom of Information request by the Wigan Evening Post although the local authority declined to say which head was earning which salary for privacy reasons.

Two are being payed between £90,704 and £105,097 a year (the top salary bracket) and two are also in the lowest bracket of £46,808 and £54,305 a year.

The most popular salary brackets are £52,900 to £61,288 and £50,359 to £58,362, both with 10 head teachers in each bracket.

The council has been criticised for not disclosing which heads are on which salary.

Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group, said: “Parents and taxpayers should be able to routinely scrutinise pay deals so they can judge for themselves whether they’re getting good value for money.

“By refusing to properly disclose the information the Council is making it impossible for taxpayers to hold their school to account.”

However, Nick Hudson, Corporate Director (People Directorate) at Wigan Council said that headteachers’ salaries are determined by a number of different factors.

He said: “Ultimately, decisions on pay are made by a school’s own Governing Body. When considering the salaries of head teachers, the governors will take into account a number of factors.

“In the first instance, governors look at the size of the school in terms of pupil numbers, which range in size from the smallest primary school to the largest secondary school. To ensure a degree of consistency across the country, governing bodies will discuss and decide a headteacher’s pay within the national framework .

“Governors also factor in the performance, ensuring that headteachers are rewarded for meeting targets.”

Mike Wilson, Wigan Branch Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said that salaries are put into groups depending on the factors explained by Wigan Council.

He said: “A headteacher’s salary depends on the determination of the school’s Group size (Group 1 to Group 8) Group size is calculated in regard to pupils attending the school.

“Headteachers also have an annual determination of salary each year during the autumn term via the two or three Appointed Headteacher Performance management governors.”