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Huge salaries being challenged in Academies

Huge salaries being challenged in Academies

It comes after Eileen Milner, chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, wrote to 213 academy trusts paying salaries of more than £150,000 asking trustees to justify them.

A report from the Public Accounts Committee last year said academy trusts that pay their bosses “unjustifiably” high salaries could spend taxpayers’ money better on improving children’s education.

The official annual report and accounts for academies in England showed there were 102 instances where trustees were paid salaries in excess of £150,000.



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Lord Agnew, minister for the school system, said: "The best academies place freedom in the hands of school leaders but with that autonomy comes greater accountability and transparency, which is exactly why I am insistent that the salaries of their executives are justifiable.

"And just because we are advocates of the academies programme, doesn't mean we won't call a trust out where we believe they are not acting responsibly.”

He added: "By publicly challenging the minority of trusts that are not complying with this request, we will ensure that every pound of public money is spent as effectively as possible to continue improving the standard of education in our schools."

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