The Gender Pay Gap for Women in Education Leadership

Gender Pay Gap for Women in Education Leadership

Gender pay gaps (GPG) are measured in different ways globally. However, on all counts, most men earn more than a woman doing the same or similar work.

Women dominate the workforce in education, yet a pay gap exists in those countries that measure this.


New report shows the pay gap in schools in England has worsened over the last decade

We have collaborated with the National Association of Headteachers, the Association of School and College Leaders and the National Association of Governance to create a joint report:

Closing the gender pay gap – a leadership imperative


Below you will find what we have achieved to date, our plans for the future, ways you can get involved, a case study, and more resources.


Our GPG Goals

This year we are:

Offering workshops / webinars on negotiation skills

Calling on employers to remove the question on current salary from application forms and also references

Writing a report on GPG reporting in the UK


Our GPG Achievements

So far we have:

Blogged about this

Contributed to an article in Forbes

Written a chapter in 10%Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education

Run several workshops

Held a panel discussion at our global unconference

Added issue to Senior Leaders  Masters / Apprenticeship curriculum with The National College of Education (England)

GPG Case Studies



I became aware of  WomenEd recently through The National College of Education when I listened to a podcast with Nick Heard and Vivienne Porritt from WomenEd. I am so grateful for your inspirational podcast in which, for the first time in my life, my eyes were opened to the #GenderPayGap in education. As a result of this, during a recent interview process, through which I secured my first headship, I found the courage to negotiate my salary with my new employees, who, very boldly, agreed to salary-match my pay to the current head.

Without a doubt, unless I'd had the opportunity to engage with WomenEd and hear your powerful message, I would not have thought to challenge the system.

Nicola Forder, Head Teacher, Bristol Steiner School



I am delighted to say that SENDAT has removed the Current/Previous salary question from our application form. We see this as a positive step to reducing the #GenderPayGap in our organisation and assuring applicants that we offer equitable processes when recruiting. We will advertise our practice as a strength of our Trust. Thanks for making me look at this and inspiring the change for our 3 schools and our entire organisation at all levels of appointment.’

Sue Prickett, Chief Finance and Operations Officer, SENDAT

GPG Get Involved!

You can get involved by:

Asking how your employer will reduce the pay gap (if it exists)

Involving women in creating a plan to reduce the pay gap using the resources below

Removing the question on current salary from your organisational application form and references

Practising your negotiating skills


Other GPG Resources

Please click on any line item below to find that resource

Articles and Papers

The Pay Gap for Women Starts With a Responsibility Gap (The Wall Street Journal, Laura Kray and Margaret Lee, 14th October 2021)

Female teachers have 28% smaller pension pots than male colleagues, research finds (, Jo Golding, 5th October 2021)

Women in the workplace (, 2021)

The Pay and Progression of Women of Colour - A Literature Review (Fawcett Society, September 2021)

Britain’s pay gap standards are outdated and threaten an equal future (City AM, Rosie Campbell, September 2021)

Ethnicity pay gap – Why the UK needs mandatory reporting (The Conversation, 24th May 2021)

There’s a gay wage gap – and it’s linked to discrimination (The Conversation, 29th April 2021)

The emerging ‘super league’ of academy trust CEO pay (Schools Week, 23rd April 2021)

Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard (Au Gov, 26th November 2020)

Why Do We Need International Equal Pay Day? (FORBES, 24th September 2020)

School Workforce data in England: Reporting Year 2019 (GOV.UK, 25th June 2020)

Global Gender Gap Report (World Economic Forum, 2020)

How to negotiate a higher salary as a teacher (TES, 13th August 2019)

GPGs in academy school chains among the worst in UK (The Guardian, 25th March 2018)

Women dominate the teaching profession, but men are winning the pay game (Education Data Lab, 2016, p22-25)

A Review of the Motherhood Wage Penalty in the United States (Sociology Compass, April 2013)

Devaluation of Women's Work - Occupational Feminization and Pay: Assessing Causal Dynamics Using 1950–2000 U.S. Census Data (Asaf Levanon, Paula England & Paul Allison, Social Forces, December 2009)

UK GPG widens despite pressure on business to improve (Financial Times)


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