The number of assistant heads in England’s state schools has increased by more than a quarter over the last six years, Tes can reveal.
The explosion in assistant heads has been attributed to the recruitment and retention crisis, with schools offering leadership positions to secure talented teachers.
But some commentators have claimed there are now “too many generals, not enough soldiers” in the school system, with Tes analysis finding a huge variation in the size of school senior leadership teams.
According to the school workforce survey, there were 22,100 full-time equivalent (FTE) assistant heads working in English state-funded schools in 2010.
But by 2016, their number had mushroomed to 28,400 – a 28.5 per cent rise.
In comparison, the number of FTE heads increased by 1.4 per cent; deputy heads by 1.6 per cent; and classroom teachers by 2.3 per cent. The number of pupils in state-funded primary and secondary schools, meanwhile, increased by 5.9 per cent.