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350 SCHOOLS START TERM WITHOUT A HEAD

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The Daily Mail (p37) covers a report published by the National Association of Head Teachers that adds urgency to th...
The Daily Mail (p37) covers a report published by the National Association of Head Teachers that adds urgency to the need for a review of staff salaries. The report claims that at least 350 schools will begin the academic year without a head teacher. The number of heads and deputies who resigned last year surged up by 50 per cent. The problem is compounded by a 'dramatic fall' in the numbers applying to fill the vacancies.

Changes in teachers' pension rights spurred many into resigning last year. Teaching unions, according to the Mail, blame poor pay. NAHT general secretary David Hart claimed the government's drive for higher standards could be fatally undermined without 'substantial' pay rises. The figures will be presented to the School Teachers' Review Body, which is due to consider raising salaries for heads, deputies and other staff.
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