Skint schools ‘losing out to academy chiefs’ salaries and smart cars’

Academy chains are wasting money on high executive salaries, smart cars, and branding at a time when teachers are being denied pay rises, a union conference has heard.

Delegates at the NASUWT teaching union’s annual conference today passed a motion supporting campaigning to ensure education funding is used to support teaching and learning, and “not syphoned off for other purposes”.

Proposing the motion, Wendy Exton, a union executive member for the South West, said: “In my own district, for example, there are CEOs earning in excess of the prime minister whilst teachers are being denied any pay rise, and teacher and support staff numbers are being cut.

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