There is a gender pay gap in headteacher salaries, with men earning more than their female peers in every sector of the state-funded school system, Tes can reveal.
Union leaders have expressed concern about the “disturbing” findings and claim the situation has been made worse by the deregulation of teacher pay.
According to analysis by Tes of the Department for Education’s latest school workforce statistics, across all state-funded schools male heads earned 12.5 per cent more than their female counterparts in 2016.
The average male headteacher took home £73,700 per year, compared to the £65,500 received by female heads.
Much of that pay gap can be explained by the overrepresentation of men in leadership positions in the higher-paying secondary sector – but not all of it.
Male heads still earned more on average than their female peers in every sector of the state-funded school system – in academies, at local authority maintained schools and across both phases.