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

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.


Academy pay: Revealed: The academy trusts paying £150k salaries

Background: Academy chain reprimanded for chief executive's 78 nights at four-star hotel

Read: Academies must justify high pay to get capital funding


Academy bosses' pay

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".

Log in or register for FREE to continue reading.

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you