Academy fat cats’ 23% pay rise short-changes us all

The humongous pay packages enjoyed by some of our state school leaders may have crept up on us over the past 15 years, in the same way that academy autonomy quietly fell away with the advent of the multi-academy trust (MAT). But both phenomena seem here to stay – indeed, they are advancing.

It is the context that makes this state of affairs particularly hard to swallow. School funding is nearly 2 per cent lower in real terms than it was at the start of decade, and teachers’ salaries have done even worse than that. Never mind a pay freeze – the average wage of a classroom teacher has actually fallen by nearly £3,000 or 7 per cent, in the past seven years.

But pay for academy leaders has not only managed to defy gravity – it has gone in completely the opposite direction. A recent major analysis of latest MAT accounts confirmed that any kind of brief nod towards academy executive pay restraint was well and truly over. Leaders of the biggest trusts have just seen their already generous pay rocket upwards by nearly a quarter – 23 per cent on average – in a single year.

https://www.tes.com/news/academy-fat-cats-23-pay-rise-short-changes-us-all

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Northamptonshire academy trust defends ‘explicitly homophobic’ sex education policy

A Northamptonshire academy trust has defended accusations that a sex education policy it created is ‘explicity homophobic’.

The East Midlands Academy Trust says in its policy that promotion of homosexuality and bisexuality ‘will not be permitted’ and links the spread of HIV with homosexuality.

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/education/northamptonshire-academy-trust-defends-explicitly-homophobic-sex-education-policy-1890046

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The ‘deeply challenging’ fall-out from academisation

As the council leader of one the largest cities in the North of England Judith Blake is in a position of power and responsibility.

She is also a leading voice on education nationally for town halls through the Local Government Association.

But she warns that when it comes to schools local authorities increasingly find themselves with a lot of responsibility but much less power.

https://www.tes.com/news/deeply-challenging-fall-out-academisation

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John Lewis salesman lied his way to £1m job running schools

A businessman tricked the government into believing he was qualified to run state schools, cost the taxpayer almost a million pounds and damaged the education of thousands of children, a tribunal has revealed.

Johnson Kane, 67, claimed to have been high up in John Lewis, been put on the board of the British Airports Authority by the government before it was privatised and run a venture capital bank when he co-founded the Education Fellowship Trust in 2012.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/john-lewis-salesman-lied-his-way-to-1m-job-running-schools-ptvwlwbgq

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Children In Care Repeatedly Rejected By Academies As Admissions ‘Scandal’ Grows

Children in care are increasingly being turned away by academies, a freedom of information investigation has revealed.

Ministers have been asked to intervene 72 times over the last three years to use their power to force academies to accept looked after children, with some schools repeatedly blocking enrolment. 

Official guidance states children in care should get top priority when it comes to schools admissions because they are vulnerable, with many having faced neglect, abuse or a chaotic home life. 

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/children-in-care-face-rigged-system_uk_5e4d2cd2c5b6eb8e95b5b3a7?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90LmNvL1hiVHE5QkxTY1k_YW1wPTE&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAE_t1UfCrKlICbdr5RZ3_spVG18ujf5_S76MdDGqsPVqn3tgeAUH5wuSmWpGzZdhVn1OIYLLLWUIGJ4WjC5PLUIfD4pkg4kbG38vsXFlHSmwNT7HnjwKtw28xyc6L6wWfb5bBWPVdWurmu4N9-1CHVdHW5Wf7xUwYQ0OTJrPpg8x

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