£7k pay gap for teachers in different Weston schools

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 January 2015

Milton Park had the highest average salary in Weston for its teachers.

Milton Park had the highest average salary in Weston for its teachers.

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THE average salaries for teachers working in Weston varies by as much as £7,000 from one school to another.

Average teacher salaries

Primaries Average Salary

Milton Park £39,680

Castle Batch £37,977

Becket £37,900

Mead Vale £37,702

Ashcombe £37,515

Bournville £37,319

Banwell £37,250

Kewstoke £37,228

St Anne’s £36,636

St Mark’s £36,634

Oldmixon £36,611

Sandford £36,260

Wrington £36,139

St Andrew’s £36,133

Worle £33,508

Churchill £33,289

Locking £33,111

St Georges £32,676

Winscombe £32,651

Secondaries Average Salary

Churchill £39,276

Priory £37,397

Broadoak £36,843

Worle £36,789

Hans Price £36,025

Typical pay levels for the district’s teachers range from £32,651 to £39,680 – a £7,004 difference between the area’s most highly paid teachers and its least in state-funded primary schools.

The revelation comes from the Department for Education’s figures for 2013, which also showed a pay gap of £2,251 in the area’s secondary schools.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) North Somerset secretary, Jon Reddiford suggested the disparities may arise because some schools have more experienced staff or promote more staff to senior roles.

He said: “There are three factors affecting teachers’ pay, the length of service, the element of performance-related pay but also linked to length of service and additional payments determined by the school leadership for things such as being head of department.

“Either there are schools with a large cohort of teachers and some schools with a high staff turnover and more younger teachers, or else some schools make more head of department type payments.”

But it’s not just Weston which has seen a big gap between teacher salaies.

Across North Somerset the pay gap hits close to £8,000 with a total gap of £7,708 between the highest and the lowest primary schools, and £2,670 in the region’s secondary schools.

The picture is even more bleak in neighbouring Somerset, where salaries range by as much as £8,000 in the county’s secondary schools, but the county fairs better in its primaries, with just a £2,600 pay gap.

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