Nearly half of academy chains under spotlight for six-figure salaries have offered more pay rises

Nearly half of the academy chains which have been ordered by ministers twice to justify awarding excessive salaries to their heads or chief executives have handed out more pay rises, figures show. The Independent reports.

Academies minister Lord Agnew wrote to 28 academy trusts for the second time this week asking for reassurance that resources were not being diverted from “the frontline” for salaries.

An analysis, carried out by The Independent, has revealed that nearly half (48 per cent) of those academy chains, which already offer six-figure salaries, gave their CEOs or heads a pay rise.  

It also comes as teaching unions have warned of significant cuts to school staff amid squeezed budgets.

Of the 27 academy trusts which have published their financial accounts, 13 chains paid their bosses more last year than in 2017. In some cases, salaries rose by more than 10,000.

Adrian Reed, CEO of the Boston Witham Academies Federation, which runs eight schools, saw his salary increase to between £230,000 and £240,000 last year.

The one-school trust Holland Park, an academy in Kensington in west London – once dubbed the “socialist Eton” –  also featured in the group after awarding its head £260,000 following a pay rise.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s shadow education secretary, said: “Our schools should not be used as cash cows for private profit, and when the cross-party Public Accounts Committee warns that our schools are being used for profiteering, it is about time ministers stopped brushing it under the carpet.”

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