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Academy heads warned over pay.

Academy heads warned over pay.

Academy heads have been warned by the government over pay, after the top earning school executive took home £420,000 last year - nearly three times the Prime Minister’s salary.

In new guidance issued this week, the Department of Education has told executives that they will be required to justify any increases in salary through a transparent, “robust evidence-based process”, in a bid to ensure value for the taxpayer.

It is the latest development in the Government’s offensive against the “ratcheting up” of top-level pay in schools and universities, with ministers concerned that executives are enjoying huge increases against a backdrop of cuts and real-terms wage stagnation for their staff.

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