Football-style 'bidding wars pushing up academy pay'

'I became a commodity,' says academy chief who claims there is a 'football transfer market' for successful leaders

Charlotte Santry

Multi-academy trust bosses' pay is being driven up by a football-style transfer market, says one MAT chief

A football-style "transfer market" is pushing up multi-academy trust leaders' pay by creating "bidding wars" for school leaders, one MAT boss has warned.

Andy Goulty, chief executive of Rodillian Academy Trust, was paid at least £255,000, including pension contributions, in 2017-18, according to a report in The Sunday Times today.

The trust, which runs four schools and a pupil-referral unit based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was reprimanded in 2017 for paying thousands of pounds to put Mr Goulty up for 78 nights in a four-star hotel.

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Mr Goulty is quoted in The Sunday Times as saying there was a "football transfer market" among academy schools. He reportedly said he had been contacted as a result of "bidding wars" by more than a dozen headhunters after a think tank described his trust as successful.

According to the newspaper, he added: "I became a commodity. Other trusts were trying to poach me, and my salary rose in response to that."

He said he had agreed to take a pay cut after the trust was issued with a financial notice to improve in February.

Last month, the Department for Education said academies and colleges bidding for capital funding to improve buildings must "show restraint on executive salaries".

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Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry is Deputy news editor at Tes

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