Almost 100 academy chains ordered to explain ‘excessive pay’

Almost 100 multi academy trusts have been ordered to justify the six-figure salaries of head teachers or chief executives in another attempt by the government to curb “excessive pay.” Tes reports.

The Department for Education has written to 63 trusts for the first time after discovering they pay multiple members of staff more than £100,000.

It has also written again to another 31 academy trusts which have “have failed to provide adequate justification” for paying top salaries despite previous requests for them to do so by the Education and Skills Funding Agency chief executive Eileen Milner.

The ESFA has now written to 276 trusts over excessive pay but only 50 have agreed to reduce their salaries.

Academies Minister Lord Agnew said: “The overwhelming majority of trusts are following the rules, and it is encouraging that 50 trusts have responded to our request to justify and revise high salaries, but I am determined to continue publicly challenging the minority that are not complying.

“We are able to scrutinise academies much more closely than council-run schools, and this allows us to challenge trusts to use taxpayers’ money as effectively as possible so that the standard of education continues to rise in schools right across the country.”

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