The TES is reporting that the pay of academy trust bosses’ has continued to rise, with the highest paid chief executive in the country now earning more than £400,000 a year.
TES looked at the accounts for a sample of 20 high profile trusts, and found virtually all of them increased the pay of their senior leaders in 2015-16.
The highest individual earner was Sir Dan Moynihan. The Harris Federation chief executive’s pay rose by a minimum of £20,000 from £395,000-£400,000 to £420,000-£425,000.
Ian Comfort, the former chief executive of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), saw his pay rise from £225,000 in 2014-15 to £236,000 in 2015-16.
As well as chief executives’ pay rising, the number of senior leaders with big pay packets also increased.
At Oasis, eight employees earned £110,001-£120,000 in 2015-16, compared with five the year before, and six took home £100,001-£110,000, compared with only three in 2014-15.
However, at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, the most highly paid employee moved from £200,001-£205,000 to £170,001-£175,000. The trust said this was because then chief executive Sir Michael Wilkins reduced his hours.
Not quite sure how they can justify a ~5% pay rise, when 6 in 10 teachers have been denied a 1% pay rise. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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