10/05/2011 09:17 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Headteachers' Salary Raise: Michael Gove Increases Pay To £140,000


Education Secretary Michael Gove is to increase the upper limit of head teachers' pay by a whopping 25 per cent, meaning a head's salary could now be as much as £140,000.

This increase means that some teachers could now be earning a wage on a par with the Prime Minister, whose salary is £142,500.

Some headmasters and mistresses will also have the potential to earn limitless salaries if they can persuade their school's governing body that they are an 'exceptional case' and deserve 'discretionary pay', if, for instance, the school has struggled to recruit a head, or if the head also takes on responsibility for another school.

The news comes just weeks after figures showed more than 1,000 head teachers already earn in excess of £100,000 a year.

Does this shock you? Do teachers deserve this amount of money? Or do you think it should be capped?