The Gender Pay Gap for Women in Education

Reducing the Gender Pay Gap

Gender pay gaps 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 gender pay gap exists in those countries that measure this.

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 Gender Pay Gap 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 Gender Pay Gap reporting in the UK


Our Gender Pay Gap 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)

Gender Pay Gap 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

Gender Pay Gap Get Involved!

You can get involved by:

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

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

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

Practising your negotiating skills


Other Gender Pay Gap Resources

Gender Pay Gap Other Resources


Check your organisation’s gender pay gap in the UK (





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