Heads’ leader warns that struggling schools are being ‘left in limbo’ by delays converting them into academies
The government’s flagship academies programme is running into increasing challenges, a report by the government spending watchdog has said.
Today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO), Converting Maintained Schools to Academies, was described as a ‘damning indictment’ of the Government’s policy by teachers’ leaders.
Meet the £200k-per-year academy chiefs who look after just a handful of schools
Growing numbers of academy leaders, many of them responsible for only a handful of schools, now earn more than £200,000 a year.
In one case a headteacher at a single academy trust is now paid £220,000, while an associate head at the same trust is on £145,000.
A Schools Week investigation also revealed two chief executives running fewer than five schools broke the £200,000 barrier.
But the new findings, based on academy trust accounts from 2015-16, expose stark variations between academy boss pay.
A previous analysis into the pay of the country’s largest 13 academy trusts last year found just three bosses were paid above £200,000 (two of them oversee 50 schools each).
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Majority of university leaders involved in setting their own pay
Union dstory iscovers that 95% of vice-chancellors are on remuneration committees or entitled to attthat end
The majority of unwill iversity vice-chancellors are either members of the committee that decides their salary or allowed to attend its meetings, according to research which will stoke concerns about the fairness of executive pay in higher education.
A freedom of information (FOI) request by the University and College Union (UCU), which represents university staff, found that 95% of university leaders are either members of their remuneration committee or entitled to attend meetings.
Just seven of the 158 institutions surveyed said their vice-chancellor was in effect barred from attending.
Of those who responded, almost half (47%) said their vice-chancellor was a member of the remuneration committee, while of those who were not members, 67 were still allowed to attend committee meetings.
The findings, published on Thursday, will anger critics who have accused vice-chancellors of paying themselves inflated salaries – while students accrue huge debts – via “shadowy” remuneration committees which lack transparency.