Every school in England has today been told to prepare for a real terms funding cut – but the crisis doesn’t seem to have reached the chief executives of Tory academies.

An analysis by Schools Week also released today reveals that the bosses of five publicly-funded academy chains pocketed pay rises worth £90,000 last year.

Sir Dan Moynihan, chief executive of the Harris Federation, was already the top paid academy boss, but saw his pay balloon further from £395,000 in 2015 to £420,000 last year. 

That means he now earns almost three times the £143,462 salary of Prime Minister Theresa May.

It’s also 47 times more than the measly £8,893 each state school was allocated for building maintenance in Philip Hammond’s budget last week.

By contrast, the Education Policy Institute has today warned the Government’s new school funding formula will mean:

  • There are unlikely to be any schools in England which will avoid a real terms cut in per pupil funding by 2019-20

  • Up to half of primary schools and around half of secondary schools will be faced with cuts in funding per pupil of between 6 and 11%

  • An average real terms loss of £74,000 per primary school and £291,000 per secondary school

They calculated that the loss equates to “the loss of almost two teachers across all primary schools and six teachers across all secondary schools.”

Even Tory MPs have beaten a path to the door of the Prime Minister to protest over the plan.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown revealed earlier that he had led a delegation of nine Tory MPs to meet Theresa May this week and he warned their anger was “just the tip of the iceberg.”

Hinting at a major Tory rebellion over the issue, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This wouldn’t go through in its present form.”

Scrapbook reckons the kids from Harris Federation could help the Treasury find some savings…

  1. And Michael Gove has the cheek to write his column in today’s Times about standards in Schools! I only read the headline.

  2. Chris Bergin says:

    Thought the idea was to educate those that support them and subjugate the rest into serfdom! Fine start to the eighteenth century. After all, most get their information from TV and you dont need to read for that. Maths only tells you how little you have to keep body and soul together.

  3. The easiest thing to do is to set up an “educational supply” company and then channel all the schools supplies through that company. Instant profits back to you, laughing all the way to the bank!

  4. JBigglesworth says:

    Remember how the Tories said it was outrageous that any Civil Servant was paid more than the PM?

    Of course, these people aren’t “civil servants” in the strictest sense, it’s just that they work for private organisations that deliver a public service and whose only source of income is our pockets.

    But that is what the Tory academy plan was all about- put Tories in charge of education, no matter who forms the Government, and funnel public money back into the Tory Party via donations from Tory-run academy companies.

    Corruption, pure and simple.

  5. Thisbis scandalous they will destroy the lives of thousands of children and their future they do not really want an educated working class they just want workers for their low grade jobs Britain is rapidly going down the drain nothing of value will be left

  6. Barbara McNama says:

    Thisbis scandalous they will destroy the lives of thousands of children and their future they do not really want an educated working class they just want workers for their low grade jobs Britain is rapidly going down the drain nothing of value will be left

  7. Education should be the top of the government’s Agenda. Standards of my grandchildren Catholic education is appalling. Too many children in classes. No sports facilities. More interested in crushing their spirit. Than achievement.

  8. patrick newman says:

    This is in addition to the other forward to the past in education by Mrs May – entrenching religion as a basis for selection in some state funded schools and of course grammar schools. It makes Cameron and Gove look positively progressive!
    The issue of a rebellion needs to consider what the Scots Nats will do. Having converted much of the time of the HoC to an English parliament it is difficult to see what scope the SNP has to vote down motions and legislation that really only concern English schools. Frankly the only reliable option is for the teaching unions to stop being an education pressure group and behave like a proper trade uniuon!

  9. The Tories no longer have any policies of any kind that benefit of 99% of this country. The only policy is grab, raid, squeeze as tightly as possible and pass profits of pure greed to the enslaving sick Corporations.

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