The Observer is reporting the findings of a Freedom of Information Act request on the expense claims of the leaders of academy schools.
Expense claims released under the Freedom of Information Act lay bare for the first time what critics claim is an extraordinary extravagance by some academy chain chief executives and principals, at a time when schools are struggling financially.
…thousands of pounds have been spent at top hotels and even rooms in luxury golf clubs by senior executives working for academy trusts. The public has also regularly funded first-class travel and poured money into taxi firms.
The largest 40 academy trusts have spent more than £1m of public money on executive expenses since 2012.
Meanwhile, as former education secretary Michael Gove’s vision of a more market-led school system has materialised, in which multi-academy trusts have taken the place of local authorities, salary levels have soared within the management tier, it can be revealed. More than half of the largest 50 chains pay their chief executives more than the prime minister (£143,000).
What do you think? Is this extravagant spending or are these figures in line with the rest of the business world? Should education be part of the ‘business world’ at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter ~ Jon
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