First school chief to rake in more than £500k a year

Daily Mail - - News - By Ed­u­ca­tion Ed­i­tor

SIR Daniel Moyni­han last year be­came Bri­tain’s first academy leader to earn more than £500,000.

The Har­ris Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive’s salary rose from at least £420,000 in 2015-16 to at least £440,000 in 2016-17.

When em­ployer pen­sion and na­tional in­sur­ance con­tri­bu­tions were in­cluded, his an­nual pack­age was be­tween £550,000 and £565,000.

Sir Daniel’s pay has at­tracted crit­i­cism, with exNa­tional Union of Teach­ers gen­eral sec­re­tary Chris­tine Blower la­belling it ‘un­just’.

But last year, the fed­er­a­tion’s founder Lord Har­ris said he was a ‘great man’ who had saved the pub­lic purse mil­lions of pounds. Sir Daniel over­sees 47 acad­e­mies across Lon­don and the South East, all rated ‘out­stand­ing’ or ‘good’ by Of­sted. Rap­per Stor­mzy, 25, was a pupil at an academy in South Nor­wood, South Lon­don.

Other academy lead­ers to cause con­tro­versy in­clude Liam Nolan, who was banned from teach­ing this week af­ter it emerged he drew two salaries to­talling £280,000 to run a chain.

As chief ex­ec­u­tive of Perry Beeches Academy Trust in Birm­ing­ham, he drew a se­cret sec­ond salary by di­vert­ing pub­lic funds through a com­pany.

The rev­e­la­tion has shocked the sec­tor as he was pre­vi­ously a dar­ling of the Tory party and spoke at its 2012 con­fer­ence. On Mon­day, Nolan, 50, was struck off for mis­con­duct fol­low­ing a probe by the Teach­ing Reg­u­la­tion Agency. It re­vealed the now-de­funct trust paid him £160,000 over two years through his firm, Liam Nolan Ltd, for his work as the Perry Beeches chief ex­ec­u­tive.

He re­ceived this on top of his £120,000 an­nual salary as head of one of the schools.

In Oc­to­ber 2016 it emerged that the trust had a £2.1 mil­lion deficit. It was later wound up and its five schools handed to new spon­sors.

In 2008, Nolan nar­rowly avoided los­ing his job af­ter he was caught in an act of pub­lic in­de­cency with a man at a beauty spot in the West Mid­lands. He had left school that day com­plain­ing of a headache.

For­mer pupil: Sir Daniel with rap­per Stor­mzy

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