Trusts grilled over executive pay

A number of trusts which pay two or more staff more than £100,000 each year have been told to explain the rationale behind their levels of pay.

In a successive letter to 47 academy trusts, Eileen Milner, Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, said trusts have a responsibility to ensure “value for money” and that salary and other remuneration payments are “transparent, proportionate, reasonable and justifiable”.

“You will be aware that there has been considerable scrutiny over tax payer-funded executive salaries in recent months. We have recently written to a number of single academies and multi academy trusts about levels of high pay,” the letter says.

“The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has a responsibility to ensure that best practice is exemplified in the system to ensure this accountability.”

Recipients of the letter must be able to ensure that their decisions about levels of executive pay follow a “robust evidence-based process” and are “reflective of the individual’s roles and responsibilities”.

Each academy must be able to answer a set of questions, such as how many hours a week an individual works, their holiday entitlement and percentage of teaching time (if applicable).

Responses must be returned by 27 April.

To view the letter in full, please click here.

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