Schools that pay staff over £100,000 are to be penalised when applying for Government funding

Schools with two or more employees paid more than £100,000 or with one employee earning over £150,000 will now have four points deducted from their funding application.

Penalising schools in funding applications will be seen as the latest ministerial offensive against the “ratcheting up” of executive pay in the education sector, following similar controversy over the salaries of university vice-chancellors.

Government officials have embarked on various letter writing campaigns in recent years, demanding that academies justify their high levels of executive pay.

MPs warned that “excessive trustee salaries deprive the frontline of vital funds”, adding that the DfE has “no easy way” of linking performance with pay, and so cannot know whether those earning large pay packages are those responsible for the best-performing schools.