A report, released by the Times earlier this week, once again brings to light the issues regarding excessive salaries received by a number of senior leaders of academy trusts. It cites some of the highest earners taking almost half a million pounds home including extortionate pension payments.
Lord Adonis, who originally established the academies programme, commented “the money saved should be spent on more and better teachers... Academies are there for the students and parents, not to enrich the senior managers.” The report revealed that some senior leaders receive high salaries regardless of school performance or finances. The Education and Skills Funding Agency have previously contacted trusts to justify endowing leaders with such high salaries, however the number of staff members paid over £100,000 is reportedly increasing.