One academy paid £403,000 to cover the MAT’s ‘central costs’ – but could have received the same package of service for around £40,000 from the local authority.
For the few, not the many.
A multi-academy trust is set to outsource most of its central staff and services, with experts saying the move suggests business skills gaps in education.
Contract documents seen by Schools Week show that the Plymouth-based Transforming Futures Trust (TFT) signed a £1 million deal this week after putting its “central services and operational support” out to tender.
Academy trust bosses in England are being paid “eye-watering” salaries that are “verging on criminality”, according to the incoming president of one of the country’s leading teaching unions.
Phil Kemp, the new national president of the NASUWT, will accuse some academy leaders of taking advantage of the increasing deregulation of the education system to pay themselves excessive sums of money from the public purse.
Lord and Lady Nash. Future Academies. No democracy. No accountability.
And a community that is bearing the brunt of all this.
An NGA spokesperson said: “Over half of pupils are now educated in MATs and the communities served vary significantly from MAT to MAT, and sometimes from school to school within a trust, especially larger and more dispersed trusts.
“There remains a concern in some communities that large MATs headquartered elsewhere can seem very distant with little or no local input into decision making.
“As a MAT grows, the distance between the board of trustees who make decisions about the schools and those most affected by the decisions widens.