New DfE threat to academy chiefs’ ‘exponential’ pay rises

Large pay rises for academy chiefs could be consigned to history if trusts respond to increased pressure for restraint from the Department for Education. Tes reports

Education minister Lord Agnew today said academy trusts should compare the pay rises of teachers and the pay rises of non teaching leaders over a number of years when setting senior pay.

Speaking at an Education Policy Institute’s conference, Lord Agnew said: “This is public money, and frankly if a MAT chief executive is being paid more than the prime minister, this should only be in circumstance of exceptional performance and leadership.”

Today, he added that when academy trusts make this comparison, they should consider more than just one year’s pay rise.

“There’s no doubt that our school system has many, many great leaders and for large and complex organisations pay must reflect the scale of the task.

“And when considering what’s fair, trusts and boards should not just compare pay rises over a single year but look and compare over a number of years.”

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “It’s very good that the government has belatedly got concerned about MAT CEO pay. It’s taken a long time.

However, she added: “What they haven’t got is any legal means to do anything about it. They can haul them in. They can tell them off, but they can’t make them do pay cuts.”

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