Chief executive salaries at the largest multi-academy trusts (MATs) increased by around £10,000 on average in the past year, according to a survey.
Findings published today show that average salaries for MAT leaders in trusts responsible for more than 5,000 pupils have increased from £140,396 in 2020 to £150,066 last year – a 6.8 per cent rise.
Park View primary school in Huyton became part of the Dean multi academy trust in January 2016. The trusts runs a number of schools across the north west, including Lord Derby academy in Knowsley.
Before Park View’s conversion to an academy, the school – which caters to over 360 children aged between three and 11 – was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, with “exemplary” leadership, “outstanding” behaviour from pupils and good attainment.
In the most recent inspection carried out by the education watchdog in November 2021, inspectors said there had been a decline in standards.
Senior officials from the Department for Education have faced questioning this afternoon from MPs over academy finances.
The DfE’s permanent secretary Susan Acland-Hood was among those giving evidence to the Commons Public Accounts Committee today.
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With so many areas catching his attention, structural changes to the education system may, you might think, be on hold. But in reality, all of the areas outlined above will likely fall into the shadow of what is expected to be Zahawi’s major focus: the unfinished business of academisation. While 78 per cent of secondaries are academies or free schools, this only applies to 37 per cent of primaries.
He has previously said there will be no “arbitrary deadline” for academisation and he veers away from saying whether he could live with a mixed economy of academies and maintained schools.
What is clear, though, is that he favours multi-academy trusts (MATs). “The evidence in my view – and we will share this in the White Paper – is that families of schools that are tightly managed and supported have outperformed other ways of organising our school system, and actually have been able to be far more resilient in the face of a global pandemic,” he states.