New concerns have been raised over the pay handed to academy school
bosses after it emerged that almost 1,000 academy trusts paid a
six-figure salary to at least one staff member last year.
A total of 988 trusts, the not-for-profit charities that oversee
academy schools, had at least one person on £100,000 or more in 2017-18,
with 146 paying £150,000 or more to at least one employee.
The proportion of trusts paying £150,000-plus salaries has risen by 20% in a year, with a 7.6% rise among those with at least one person above £100,000. The rise came despite an increase in the number of academy trusts in deficit, from 5.9 to 6.4%.
Some schools are deliberately pricing school uniforms beyond the
means of poorer families so “only posh kids go there”, MPs have been
Emma Hardy, the Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, has
written to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, asking him to tell
schools to stop forcing parents to buy branded school uniforms.
She said that academies in particular were “emulating grammar schools and private schools” in prescribing prohibitively expensive uniforms – including branded blazers and even socks.
She had also been told that some academies deliberately chose expensive suppliers in order to put off parents of lesser means, and that some schools received a cut from suppliers given the exclusive contract for their uniforms.
After more than a year of waiting, Schools Week was finally given an interview with Dominic Herrington. Here, the not-so-new national schools commissioner discusses the future of the RSC programme, the way we talk about academy leaders and the parent voice.