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Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Education: A leadership imperative

NAHT in partnership with ASCL, NGA and WomensEd released a new report exploring the gender pay gap in education on 1 December 2021.

The report, Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Education: A leadership imperative, is intended to inform debate and highlight areas where action may be needed to ensure that women leaders and educators are valued appropriately and equitably for the work that they do.

Key findings

  • Looking at the latest school workforce statistics, males earned on average 2.4% more at classroom teacher level, but 11.3% more (on average) than women head teachers. This difference between average salaries of men and women increases with age and seniority in roles. 
  • At head teacher level, across all types of state-funded schools, women tend to have steadier increases in salary by age, whereas men tend to see much larger increases, particularly towards the end of their career. The difference by age 60 and over reaches £17,334.
  • A similar pattern is seen at ‘other leadership’ levels, although the salary difference is not quite as pronounced. The divergence point is at age 35-39, with the difference between average salaries between men and women almost doubling from £2,760 at 35-39 to £4,024 at age 40-44.
  • In the limited number of cases where the average salary pay gap favours women, the difference tends to be far smaller. For example, the largest gap in favour of women in 2020/21 was £892 (classroom teachers in primary academies) and the largest gap in favour of men was £4,165 (for headteachers in special or PRU academies).
  • The report also outlines a series of recommendations including a call on government to act on the calls from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) and the sector for a comprehensive review of the pay framework for both classroom teachers and leaders.

Download the report in full.

Read our press release on the report here

First published 01 December 2021