Ministers face calls today to curb the “fat cat” salaries of academy school chiefs, after it emerged that more than 100 earn more than the prime minister — with some enjoying lucrative perks such as company BMWs.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, a former chief inspector of schools, and Lord Adonis, a former Labour schools minister, told The Sunday Times that ministers must cap salaries for academy high-earners. Adonis wants to prevent anyone being paid more than £150,000, the salary paid to Theresa May.
The row comes as school budgets are being cut, teachers face a 1% pay rise and parents are being asked to pay for basics at state schools, including textbooks.
Adonis said: “It is a simple question of morality and use of public funding.”
The highest-paid chief executive of an academy trust is Sir Daniel Moynihan, of the Harris Federation, a chain of 44 schools, most of them high-performing. He earns £420,000.
That’s some £10,00 a school to achieve this:
The academies’ sponsor is Phil Harris (Lord Harris of Peckham), former chairman and chief executive of Carpetright. The federation is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. The group is generally oversubscribed in most of its Academies, particularly Harris City Academy Crystal Palace with 2,016 applicants for 180 spaces in 2014.
The Chief Executive Officer is Dr Daniel Moynahan, previously Principal of the Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. He is the full-time CEO at the Harris Federation Headquarters in East Croydon.
All Harris academies inspected by Ofsted have been rated either ‘Outstanding’ which is Ofsted’s highest rating or ‘Good’ which is the second highest rating. Some of these, such as Westwood Girls’ College and Battersea Park School, now Harris Academy Upper Norwood, and Harris Academy Battersea, were in Ofsted’s category of Special Measures before being run by the Harris Federation. An example of the success of the federation is Harris Academy Chafford Hundred who were described as “outstanding” by Ofsted with a score of 30/31.
The group of schools is run as a federation rather than a chain and it claims that the autonomy of its Principals, who are ‘free to innovate’, is at the heart of its success.
In 2016, the Department for Education recognised the Harris Federation as a “top performer” in primary and secondary education, when comparing the performance of different multi-academy trusts. In July 2016, researchers at the Education Policy Institute found that “at primary level the Harris Federation is the highest performing school group in England – the improvement it has made is equivalent to pupils making around one and a half times more progress than average”.
I assume the demand rto cap such salaries is simply because we can’t have people showing up public sector management in such a manner, can we?
At which point, of course, they can fuck off.