Case study 24

The governing body of a maintained primary school wants to increase the headteacher’s salary by changing the individual school range (ISR). The headteacher has been in post for four years. Can they do this whenever they want?

The governing body must assign their school to a headteacher group (group 1-8). The formula for calculating the group is found in section 6 of the school teachers pay and conditions document and is mainly based on pupil numbers.

When the 2014 school teachers pay and conditions document was published, the document stated that the governing body may review the pay of all leadership posts in accordance with the new arrangements in the document to maintain consistency with pay arrangements for new appointments to the leadership group made on or after 1 September 2014. Did the governing body do this?

It is best practice to review the ISR when the governing body advertise for a new headteacher. This will ensure that the salary range is appropriate for the size of the school, bearing in mind that pupils numbers fluctuate year on year etc. however, this is not applicable in this case as the headteacher has been in post for a number of years.

The governing body may also review the ISR if there has been substantial changes to the school and pupils numbers. The LA would, however, have to be consulted prior to any review taking place.

What are the reasons for wanting to increase the headteacher’s salary? Has the headteacher undertaken more responsibility, i.e. headteacher of a neighbouring school also? If this is a permanent role, the document states that the governing body must calculate the headteacher group by combining the unit score of all the schools for which the headteacher is responsible, which then determines the headteacher group.

School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2016 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions