Download NGA guidance on executive pay (2019)

To support governing boards of academy trusts in setting a framework for the pay of their executive leader, NGA has produced this new, comprehensive guide, exploring key considerations that each board will need to focus on before making their pay decisions.  

Setting the framework for the pay of the senior executive leader and the leadership team in an academy trust is the direct responsibility of the board of trustees. They must retain control and oversight of this critical function.

They must also ensure that the pay and leadership structure is in keeping with the Nolan principles, affordable and sustainable in the long term, and appropriate for the level of responsibility.

This guidance focuses on the principles of ethics, public service and fairness that should be at the forefront of trustees’ decision making. This pragmatic guide includes important insights into the following areas: 

  • Government guidance on executive pay

  • Roles and responsibilities - the executive team

  • Remuneration and affordability 

  • Ethics

  • Your organisation


  • Thoughts from other sectors

  • Recruitment and retention

  • Benchmarking 

  • Pensions

  • Pay ratios 

  • Bonuses

ASCL guidance: Setting pay for executive heads and CEO's (2017)

This guidance document produced by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is designed to assist employers when setting pay for executive heads/principals and chief executive officers (CEOs) in England.

Download ASCL guidance on sertting pay for executive heads and CEO's (2017)

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