One in four academy heads gets 10% rise

Nearly a quarter of England’s top-paid academy leaders received a salary increase of at least 10 per cent last year, an investigation has found.

The highest earners at 121 academy trusts earned almost £180,000 on average in 2015/16 — about a fifth more than the prime minister. Of those who got a pay rise of 10 per cent or more, half operated a trust with only one school.

Sir Dan Moynihan, the chief executive of Harris Federation, was the highest paid head on a salary of £420,000.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former head of Ofsted, told Times Educational Supplement: “The excesses that we’re seeing in relation to salaries will bring down the whole [academies] programme unless the Department for Education gets a grip.”

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