Revealed: How much teachers are paid in every Norfolk school
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Figures from the Department for Education's School Workforce survey for 2015 have revealed the average salaries of teachers in every school in Norfolk.
The annual survey compiled data from every primary and secondary school across the country and revealed that of the 403 schools in Norfolk who provided information on their payroll 299 were below the national average salary of £37,800 and 104 schools exceeded it.
Magdalen Village School had the highest average salary in the county of £55,911. The school in King's Lynn is part of the three-school Bridges Foundation and head teacher of the schools, Alison Hughes, said the figure reflects their unique set-up.
'At the time of the survey we had myself and an assistant head based at Magdalen Village School but we also over see the other two schools so the figures are not a true reflection,' she said. 'We also have a lot of children with special needs and their support staff are highly qualified.'
Blenheim Park Community Primary School, in Fakenham, was shown to have the lowest average teacher salary in the county with average pay of £25,391.
The school said that their leadership staff are based at a partnership school, so the highest paid members of staff are not on the payroll of the school. They added that all other staff are paid within the Norfolk County Council guidelines.
Unlike in some professions, teachers' pay is defined by national pay scales which are based upon teaching experience and location.
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Teachers in leadership roles are on a different scale and primary school teachers will be paid differently to secondary school teachers. It means schools with a higher average salary are either employing more experienced teachers or have more leadership roles.
Schools run as academies can set their own pay, but our analysis of the figures shows there is no difference in the average teacher pay between academies and non-academies, according to the Department of Education figures.
Scott Lyons, from the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said that in Norfolk there had been a trend for schools to employ less experienced staff as they are cheaper.
'A key contributor the to below average figures in Norfolk is that many schools are getting rid of experienced teachers, especially women in the 50s, who have a high salary,' he said.
'And instead schools are employing newly qualified teachers who are cheaper but much less experienced. This is definitely something Norfolk is suffering with.'
On Tuesday teachers across the country went on strike to protest at Government funding cuts.
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Data was not supplied for some schools. Where this is the case 'SUPP' denotes data wasn't supplied.