Huge salaries paid to academy bosses are “verging on criminality” and must be axed, a teaching union chief will say today(FRI).
In a speech to the NASUWT annual conference, new President Phil Kemp will say “the snouts have to come out of the trough” and demand action to protect public cash from the “Wild West” system.
Mr Kemp, a teacher in North Tyneside, will accuse some private companies and individuals of lining their pockets while other teachers scrimp to get adequate kit for their pupils.
He was expected to say: “The salaries being paid to individuals in some of these academy trusts is not just eye-watering, it’s verging on criminality in my view.
“So many salaries, paid for from the public purse, rising over the £200,000 mark, and some well-publicised, almost reaching half a million pounds.
“The national pay scale for all those in education for teachers and all school leaders needs to be re-introduced as soon as possible and measures put in place to ensure all employers in education adhere to it.
“The snouts have to come out of the trough and the public purse protected from those who will take advantage of the increasing deregulation of our education system.”
Academies receive funding from the Government but they are run by academy trusts, which gives them more control over things like the curriculum and term dates.
Mr Kemp will demand adequate funding for all schools, saying: “funding where it’s not paper or glue-sticks, it’s both”.
“Value for money is, of course, vital,” he will add.
“But education seems to have become yet another way private companies and individuals can line their pockets whilst head teachers have to penny-pinch and teachers feel compelled to put their hands in their own pockets.”
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The overwhelming majority of academy trusts set reasonable, justifiable levels of pay for their leaders, recognising that many will be responsible for several schools within a trust and that we must attract the best leaders to continue raising standards.
“We consistently challenge trusts where we deem executive pay to be too high, and will continue to do so when it is neither proportionate nor directly linked to improving pupil outcomes.”