Only one-in-five high paying academy trusts have agreed to cut six-figure salaries after the Department for Education asked them to justify their executive pay, Tes can reveal.
More than 200 academy trusts had been sent letters from the department questioning the high levels of pay being awarded to senior staff.
But of the 213 trusts which were targeted by the government, just 45 have since made reductions in senior pay.
Earlier this year education secretary Damian Hinds told the National Governance Association that 18 trusts had agreed to lower their pay levels as a result of the DfE’s actions.
He said that academy trusts that pay excessive salaries and hand out lucrative contracts to family and friends face a clampdown, under plans to make them more accountable for the money they spend.
Last week government accounts named the 125 academy trusts that paid at least one salary of more than £150,000 last year.
The DfE has not named the trusts who have now agreed to stop paying in excess of £150,000.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Since we began challenging high pay in 2017, the number of academy trusts not paying either one individual over £150,000 or two people over £100,000 is now 45 out of the 213 we wrote to.”
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The DfE said that these 45 trusts either no longer pay one person more than £150,000 or two people more than £100,000.