Sir Craig Tunstall was paid twice as much as the Prime Minister Headmaster is UK's best paid teacher earning 374,000 last yearA headteach
er in charge of a group of state-run primary schools took home more than 370,000 last year. Sir Craig Tunstall, who runs the Gipsy Hill Federation in south London, wa
s paid a basic salary of 330,394 by Lambeth Council in 2015/2016, the authoritys accounts reveal. The huge pay package, which made Sir Craig the councils highest-paid employee, was topped up by pension contributions of 43,758. His salary as executive head of Gipsy Hill Federation, a group of eight primary schools, is more than double that of Prime Minister Theresa May, who earns 143,500. Read MoreRelated ArticlesTheresa May announces massive education system shake-up reaching far beyond new grammar schools Sir Craig Tunstall is thought to be the best paid primary school teacher in the country (Image: Rex) It eclipsed the take-home pay of Lambeth Council chief executive, Sean Harriss, who earned 210,000 last year including pension contribtutions. Since 2012 Sir Craig, who was knighted in 2014 for services to education, has seen his salary increase by 77%. He is now thought to be the best-paid primary school head teacher in the country, following last years departure of Sir Greg Martin from his 229,000-a-year executive head position at Durand Academy, also in Lambeth. A spokesman for Lambeth Council said that, because of Sir Craigs role as executive head, his salary was set by Gipsy Hill Federations board of governors and not by the local authority. Gipsy Hill Federation told Mirror O
nline that the majority of schools run by Sir Craig had been rated outstanding and he was paid according to the appropriate regulated bodies for teachers pay which follows the financial regulations set nationally and adhered to by our governing body. A so-called super-head, Sir Craigs lucrative career in education has been built on a reputation for turning around failing schools. But his methods have not always been appreciated. Read MoreRelated ArticlesAcademy school stripped of funding over serious concerns about financial management In 2011 Sir Craig was sacked after two days from a school in Croydon following accusations of a climate of fear (Image: Rex) After being parachuted in as executive head of Oval Primary in Croydon on a 200,000 salary in 2011, he was sacked after two days in response to accusations he had created a climate of fear. This included suspending pupils for a variety of minor offences, including wearing the wrong coat and failing to eat their school lunch. His salary for running Gipsy Hill Federation comes close to matching that of Sir Daniel Moynihan, chief executive of the Harris academies chain, whose 400,000 pay packet last year made him the best-paid teacher in the country. While Gipsy Hills eight primary schools are still under local authority control, the federation is set to open secondary free school in September 2017. A spokeswoman for Gipsy Hill Federation said: Sir Craig Tunstall… receives remuneration for the post of chief executive head teacher of five Lambet
h schools, one Lambeth children’s centre, three Southwark schools, and one Southwark children’s centre, consisting of just over 4,000 pupils, and over 600 staff, and [will also run] one free secondary school due to open in 2
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eactions to Hartsdown headmaster refusing entry to pupils Kingswood Primary , one of the eight council-run schools operated by the Gypsy Hill Federation (Image: Google Streetview) Six of the schools have Ofsted grades of outst彩虹时时彩软件手机版下载 anding and two currently have good judgments with outstanding features. Due to his outstanding achievements within these schools he was awarded a knighthood. He is currently a national leader of education and one of his schools is a national support school, which means he can be asked to assist other schools who are in need of help. Sir Craig and his senior leadership team have gone through an amazing journey in each of our eight schools and tw
o children’s centres. We do not do quick-fix remedies.