Only one-in-five academy trusts agrees to cut six-figure salaries

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.

https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-only-one-five-academy-trusts-agrees-cut-six-figure-salaries

The DfE said that these 45 trusts either no longer pay one person more than £150,000 or two people more than £100,000.

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AET to give up two more schools after minister demands change

The country’s largest academy trust is to give up two more academies – despite recently being given the green light to take on more schools again.

The Academies Enterprise Trust announced today it has agreed with the Department for Education to give up two of its schools – Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary.

AET has recently been taken off the government’s “pause” list, meaning it is allowed to take on new schools again. Hockley Primary Academy joined in September. However the growth is capped at up to 1,000 pupils at primary school level per year, and the trust is not allowed to take on secondary schools.

The removal of two of the trust’s schools also follows pressure from environment minister and Felixstowe MP Therese Coffey, who set up a petition, signed by nearly 1,400 people, for Felixstowe Academy to be handed to a new trust.

AET to give up two more schools after minister demands change

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‘I might as well be a robot’

With the rise of multi-academy trusts, some teachers are now finding that they no longer have control over what they teach. It is not uncommon for MATs to prescribe a single curriculum across their schools – and even to provide scripted lessons. Some teachers fear that their professional judgement is being undermined, while others argue that getting everyone on the same page raises standards through collaboration. John Roberts asks: are MATs taking too much power away from their teachers?

https://www.tes.com/news/tes-magazine/tes-magazine/i-might-well-be-a-robot

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Trust failed to deduct tax from £145k payments to CEO’s company

An academy trust boss has stepped down after a government investigation found payments totalling £145,006 were made to a company he owned without tax or national insurance deductions.

An Education and Skills Funding Agency investigation published this week revealed that Education for the 21st Century trust failed to make the deductions on payments totalling £145,006 to a firm owned by chief executive Paul Murphy.

The payments, for his services as CEO, ran from 2014 and were paid on top of Murphy’s salary as a headteacher. The transactions were not declared in the trust’s 2015-16 accounts.

Trust failed to deduct tax from £145k payments to CEO’s company

 

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The Guardian view on academy schools: cracks in the system

The cracks in the English school system are growing. So is the evidence that children are falling through them. Our report this week that four academy chains including the high-performing Harris Federation are losing between 5% and 7% of pupils in the run-up to GCSEs raises questions to which the schools, Ofsted and the government must now provide answers.

While the number of children leaving schools when they are aged 15 or 16 is rising nationally (from less than 0.1% seven years ago to 2% this year), and some large local authorities have seen rises of 4-5%, academies are losing more pupils than other types of schools. Guardian research this summer showed that the majority of schools that issued more than 20% of pupils with a fixed-term exclusion in 2016-17 were also academies.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/commentisfree/2018/nov/06/the-guardian-view-on-academies-cracks-in-the-system

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