MINISTERS must introduce rules to prevent “fat cats” from “milking” Britain’s education system for excessive salaries, the ATL conference heard yesterday.
Delegates raised the alarm over the chief executives of academy chains regularly being paid more than the Prime Minister.
Last November, the Department for Education said 111 academy trustees, including chief executives and principals, had been paid more than £150,000 in the 2014-15 financial year.
Tim Jefferson, a head of department at a school in Norfolk, told the conference: “There are no government rules or guidance on how this pay should be set. This needs to change.”
Leicestershire delegate Simon Clarkson said: “A small number of people have decided to treat education as a gravy train and are milking schools, taxpayers and the funds that should be there for the children for all they are worth. This has to stop. As well as being immoral, it is unsustainable.”
And he urged the union to start lobbying against the system for setting the pay of those running academy chains.