Tally of £150,000 school academy bosses jumps by 20%

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%.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jul/28/number-150000-salary-school-academy-bosses-jumps-20-per-cent

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More trusts in deficit, plus 4 more academy sector accounts findings

The DfE has published its annual accounts for spending in the academies sector during the 2017-18 year.

The previous report was published in November last year, but the government had promised to make publication of the report more timely.

Here’s what we found.

1. More academy bosses on £150k+ despite Agnew’s crackdown

2. More trusts fall into deficit

3. Efforts to shove academies into MATs are paying off

4. More financial irregularities, but no investigations published

5. Off-payroll numbers plunge, with less spent on pay-offs too

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State schools choose ‘posh’ uniforms to exclude poor pupils, says MP

Some schools are deliberately pricing school uniforms beyond the means of poorer families so “only posh kids go there”, MPs have been told.

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jul/23/state-schools-choosing-expensive-uniforms-to-exclude-poor-pupils-says-mp

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Cut jargon to win over parents and community, academies told

Academies will be urged to abandon business jargon and corporate names to help them to woo parents and communities in the biggest rebranding since their creation 20 years ago.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, told The Times that he wanted an end to the term “multi-academy trust” and that leaders should move away from calling themselves CEOs.

They should also avoid the words “academisation”, which describes a school becoming an academy, and “rebrokering”, when a school moves from one academy trust to another.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cut-jargon-to-win-over-parents-and-community-academies-told-ffr2jrkhr

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The Herrington Q&A: ‘Let’s reframe how we talk about academies’

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.

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