# What is your school's ISR?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by ulutoo, Jan 26, 2011.

1. ### ulutooNew commenter

I know there is a formula to calculate the ISR scale, but many schools seem to have scales that don't match this. So does this sound like your school or a school you know:

Primary school, aged 4 - 11, good with some outstanding features, 400 pupils, in quite a nice area in the South of England

If so can you tell me what your ISR is please? And if your ISR is higher/lower that you might expect can you explain why?

Thank you!

2. ### ulutooNew commenter

I know there is a formula to calculate the ISR scale, but many schools seem to have scales that don't match this. So does this sound like your school or a school you know:

Primary school, aged 4 - 11, good with some outstanding features, 400 pupils, in quite a nice area in the South of England

If so can you tell me what your ISR is please? And if your ISR is higher/lower that you might expect can you explain why?

Thank you!

3. ### MrsC@TheGates

You're a group 3- L11-24. 7 points per pupil then use tables below to work out group and scale.
Governors set 7 point scale within the given range, so could start at L17 or below. Can only go above range with very good reason.

</td><td>School Group
</td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">Up to 1000
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">1
</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">1001 &ndash; 2200
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">2
</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">2201 &ndash; 3500
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">3
</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">3501 &ndash; 5000
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">4
</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">5001 &ndash; 7500
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">5
</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">7501 &ndash; 11000
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">6
</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">11001 &ndash; 17000
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">7
</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">17001 and over
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">8
</font></td></tr></table>

</td><td>Range of Spine Points
</td></tr><tr><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">1
</font></td><td><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">L6 &ndash; L8
</td><td>L8 &ndash; L21
</td></tr><tr><td>3
</td><td>L11 &ndash; L24
</td></tr><tr><td>4
</td><td>L14 &ndash; L27
</td></tr><tr><td>5
</td><td>L18 &ndash; L31
</td></tr><tr><td>6
</td><td>L21 &ndash; L35
</td></tr><tr><td>7
</td><td>L24 &ndash; L39
</td></tr><tr><td>8
</td><td>L28 &ndash; L43
</td></tr></table>

4. ### blackdog99

Generally, governing body can only go above the range in order to recruit or retain a Headteacher.
Para 12 of STPCD applies.

Technically, no. There is a formula to calculate the school's group. Within that Group, there is a sliding scale of 7-point ranges which can be used to establish an ISR.
KS2 only, so each pupil is worth 7 units
Irrelevant
400 * 7 units = 2800 units. This makes it a Group 3 school.
Irrelevant as regards either group or ISR, but may impact on leadership scale if London Fringe, etc.

6. ### ulutooNew commenter

Thanks all. I know we are a mid Group 3 school and are already at the top of the G3 scale. But, we (BofG) are under pressure from HT and DT to go above this. It is claimed that other similar schools have a higher scale.
We are understandably reluctant to do this but do want to be fair so are trying to establish if many schools like ours do indeed have a higher scale and if so why. Also, what are the usual factors cited when raising ISR to retain or attract an HT? Cost of living? Challenging school?

Thanks

7. ### MrsC@TheGates

Have a look on Tes jobs and search HT jobs in your area. Look for similar size schools and see what the ranges are.
Usual reasons for going beyond ranges are: to attract or retain an outstanding candidate; to meet challenges (e.g. Special Measures, severely deprived intake).
Consider that schools, especially church schools, do find it hard to attract good candiates and a significant proportion of schools have to advertise at least twice. However, also consider the school budget and the fact that it could cost you around &pound;3,000 in additional points for HT and DHT each year (and then an additional &pound;3,000 each year to the end of the new point range) and this could be spent on the children.
It's a difficult decision. If you buy into an SLA with HR, ask them to come to a meeting of Personnel and offer advice. The School Improvement Partner (while you still have one) might also be able to support you.