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Four principals of established primary and secondary academies discuss the freedom they have when it comes to decisions about pay and conditions for staff, in this school management resource.

All four principals say staff satisfaction is high in their schools. Sally Coates, principal of Burlington Danes Academy, says to other heads worried about the implications of becoming an academy that "the reality is most staff are very happy working in academies and in fact get better pay and conditions than they would otherwise".

Sir Michael Wilshaw from Mossbourne Academy, Venessa Willms from King Solomon Academy, Primary, and Steve Kenning from Harris City Academy, also share their views on staffing.


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