Ofsted refuses to say what officials did to earn five-figure bonuses

Tes is reporting that figures show that the cash-strapped inspectorate paid five-figure bonuses to three of its top officials in 2017-18.

In 2017-18, bonuses totalling up to £75,000 were paid to senior management and £110,000 was paid out the year before that. 

The latest figures, which also include a breakdown of Ofsted’s top earners, have sparked a debate on social media, with many teachers asking what these bonuses are for.

The figures show that Ofsted’s chief operating officer, Matthew Coffey, was paid a bonus of between £15,000 and £20,000 on top of a salary of between £140,000 and £145,000.

Ofsted’s national director of education, Sean Harford, was also paid a bonus of between £15,000 and £20,000 on top of a salary of between £135,000 and £140,000.

The payments come at a time when Ofsted is seeing its budget squeezed

Posting on Twitter, teacher Tom Rogers said: “I think there are two issues for me here; 1. The questionable impact of the organisation itself (I think salary should equal impact) and 2. The bonus payments on offer seem very high – I’d like to know what these bonuses are calculated on – why aren’t teachers getting bonuses?”

An Ofsted spokeswoman said: “Each of our senior civil servants has individual agreed performance contracts, setting out their contribution to our strategy and delivery of business plans. This is personal data that is not appropriate to share.”

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  1. Mark Simmons

    It’s a large organization with a large overall budget. Tories seem happy to encourage trough grubbing at the top – maybe it helps to keep the hierarchy inside?

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