Archive for March, 2014

Annal Nayyar-New assessment system will focus on accountability

The Government has announced the outline of the new assessment and accountability system for schools, to begin in September 2016. The document makes it clear that the new system is designed to hold schools to account for the progress and attainment of their pupils and students.  Children will be tested at four and again at [...]

Annal Nayyar – Source :The Independent Newspaper 21 March 2014

Fourteen academy chains have been barred from running more schools because of concerns over, among other things, the standards and financial management in the ones they run now, MPs have been told. The 14 chains, which include the biggest – Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) – are responsible for running about 200 state schools between them. [...]

Annal Nayyar comments on the latest across a National Schools Formula

The Department recently announced a proposal for an additional funding allocation in 2015-16. It appears that the coalition government are reluctant to commit to a full national funding formula during this term.  It seems likely to occur after the next general election?

Annal Nayyar blogs How can you identify if you have a potentially toxic financial environment?

With 3,689 Academies now open in England (as of 1st March 2014) and a number of high profile weaknesses in financial regularity and propriety highlighted there is increasing focus on the Financial Governance structures and skill sets in place for Academy Governors and Accounting Officers to discharge their financial responsibilities. Could it happen in your [...]

Annal Nayyar – document provides an overview of the formula factor values chosen by local authorities as at 6 March 2014.

It provides charts and brief commentary on the ranges of unit funding amounts they have selected, and the proportions of schools block funding attributed under each of the permitted factors. In January 2014, local authorities in England submitted to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) their formulae for allocating their dedicated schools grant (DSG) schools block [...]

Annal Nayyar reports Ofsted to consult on changes to schools’ inspections

Head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced a consultation on the introduction of more frequent, lighter touch, one-day inspections by HMI for good and outstanding schools. He made the announcement in a speech last Friday to the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) in Birmingham. Michael Cladingbowl, head of [...]

Annal Nayyar reports Local government staff offered 1% pay increase

Local government staff offered 1% pay increase Council staff have been offered a 1% pay increase in an agreement affecting over one million employees. The increase would take affect from 1 April 2014, with those on salaries under £14,880 receiving a slightly higher increase. The National Employers said the deal was fair for staff and [...]

Annal Nayyar reports Fourteen academy chains have been barred from running more schools because of concerns over, among other things, the standards and financial management in the ones they run now, MPs have been told

Source :The Independent Newspaper 21 March 2014 Fourteen academy chains have been barred from running more schools because of concerns over, among other things, the standards and financial management in the ones they run now, MPs have been told. The 14 chains, which include the biggest – Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) – are responsible for [...]

Annal nayyar blogs The School Data Dashboard provides a snapshot of school performance at Key Stages 1, 2 and 4

The School Data Dashboard provides a snapshot of school performance at Key Stages 1, 2 and 4. The dashboard can be used by school governors and by members of the public to check the performance of the school in which they are interested. The School Data Dashboard complements the Ofsted school inspection report by providing [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Budget 2014: local government

Annal Nayyar blogs Budget 2014: local government The 2014 Budget speech held no great surprises for local government, with extra cash for flooding, roads and housing taking centre stage. Chancellor George Osborne stepped up to the deliver his penultimate budget before the 2015 General Election, with news that the economy is recovering faster than forecast, [...]