In response to an article in The Times, Leora responded with a letter stating:

Your story overlooked the fact that the majority of such salaries are set by boards adhering to fundamental principles: decisions must be justifiable, evidence-based and underpinned by public-sector values.

If the School Teachers’ Review Body allows the head of a single maintained school to earn £152,000 a year, then a trust with, say, 20 or 60 schools can fairly pay its leader more.

Education is of such importance that we must always want to attract and retain great leaders.

Leora Cruddas, chief executive, Confederation of School Trusts, Nottingham