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.

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, he echoed Education Secretary, Damian Hinds’ criticism of high CEO pay last month.

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.”

The peer had previously told MPs that percentage pay rises for academy leaders should not outstrip pay awards for teachers.

Read the full article in the Tes.

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