£7k pay gap for teachers in different Weston schools
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 January 2015
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
Mead Vale £37,702
St Anne’s £36,636
St Mark’s £36,634
St Andrew’s £36,133
St Georges £32,676
Secondaries Average Salary
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.