According to The Independent, nearly 30 academy chains have been ordered to justify paying their chief executives or headteachers more than £100,000 as part a government drive to curb excessive salaries.
The academies must provide more details on the pay of executives who earn more than £150,000 – and those earning £100,000 if two or more people in a school earn a six-figure salary.
It comes after financial accounts revealed that the head of Holland Park School, an academy in Kensington in west London – once dubbed the “socialist Eton” – saw his pay rise to £260,000.
The single-school academy trust was among the chains that received the letter from the minister, which calls on trusts to work with the government on the “divisive issue” of high pay.
A report from the Public Accounts Committee last year said academy trusts that pay their bosses “unjustifiably” high salaries could spend taxpayers’ money better on improving children’s education.
Lord Agnew, minister for the school system, said: “The best academies place freedom in the hands of school leaders but with that autonomy comes greater accountability and transparency, which is exactly why I am insistent that the salaries of their executives are justifiable.
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