Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Governors and trustees play an absolutely vital role for schools, and we are pleased to see these volunteers being given much more attention, with more effort and money put into recruiting and developing the best people. We need high quality individuals who can best represent their school communities, with an emphasis on diversity and an insistence on mandatory training.
“NAHT welcomes the strengthening of advice to academies on related party transactions and on the setting of executive pay. However, the average salary for leadership group teachers is under £55,000. Education is certainly not a sector where high salaries are common, yet pay rates of a very small minority are the ones that grab the headlines. It is therefore absolutely right that transparency and fairness should be the key features of all pay arrangements.
“It is interesting to hear the Secretary of State’s desire to explore options on holding MATs to account. At NAHT’s conference last month, he made clear that Ofsted alone would judge school effectiveness. However, the Secretary of State is right to recognise that attempts to determine the effectiveness of all functions of a Trust may require a significantly different approach.
“NAHT’s Accountability Commission are evaluating different approaches for holding schools of all types to account and will report in September. Already, the work of the group is helping to shape the debate around school accountability. We look forward to talking further with the DfE about arrangements for holding MATs to account, at a future Commission session."
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