Archive for April, 2014

Annal go the extra mile, and whilst keeping an eye on the finances of the school, they/he are also aware of the finance agenda nationally and keep me informed of changes and updates that are relevant and also take the time to explain them clearly so that I understand the full implications for my school. This work has really helped move our school forward.

Since working with Annal and fis-edsolutions  has become a strength of the school. We have a robust system that is clear and accountable to all, staff and governors have been trained on understanding finance and how to be accountable, and often say to me how they really understand what is happening since we started working [...]

Interesting article today – Labour has pledged to put schools in local hands by appointing a team of regional education standards directors.

Interesting article today – Labour has pledged to put schools in local hands by appointing a team of regional education standards directors. Plans assembled by shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt and former education secretary David Blunkett today outline how key centrally run functions could be devolved to local independent directors of school standards if Labour [...]

I am aware that Annal provides finance consultancy work for a number of schools but I am more closely aware of the work he does for the School where I am Chair of Governors

I am aware that Annal provides finance consultancy work for a number of schools but I am more closely aware of the work he does for the  School where I am Chair of Governors.  He works closely with the Business Manager by providing her with the support she needs and by this approach ensures that [...]

Annal Nayyar reports Ofsted will carry out shorter, more frequent school inspections,

Ofsted will carry out shorter, more frequent school inspections, with all inspectors to be directly employed by the watchdog. Sir Michael Wilshaw has said there was “little point” in sending inspectors to visit “good” schools every five years; rather, those schools would receive more frequent but shorter visits from Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs). The only [...]

Annal Nayyar reports DfE: Research needed into accountability and governance

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views on its research strategy. The strategy and a series of research questions were published in a paper, Accountability and governance, earlier this month. A series of discussions with practitioners, the research community and others to help shape departmental plans will take place through 2014, says the paper. [...]

Annal Nayyar updates on The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is providing a series of online presentations and webinars to support academies in making their financial returns.

The EFA presentations and webinars will cover:  March accounts returns: how to complete your March accounts returns – for academy trusts that did not prepare financial statements at 31st August 2013 or opened new academies between 1st September 2013 and 31st March 2014. Budget forecasts: how to complete your 2014 to 2015 budget forecast returns – [...]

Annal Nayyar reports Councils are being forced to borrow tens of millions of pounds and even open schools in former police stations in a bid to meet a shortfall in school places,

Councils are being forced to borrow tens of millions of pounds and even open schools in former police stations in a bid to meet a shortfall in school places, a report has shown. Figures also reveal that a third of councils will not have enough secondary school places to meet demand over the next five [...]

Annal Nayyar reports £50 million will be given to nurseries and schools

The government has announced that £50 million will be given to nurseries and schools in the form of an early-years pupil premium for disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds.  

Annal Nayyar reports on a survey of free schools carried out by the Department for Education shows that they have attracted almost 3 applications for every place.

New figures released today show that free schools are proving hugely popular with parents – attracting almost 3 applications for every available place. The department surveyed all open free schools for data on admissions. Of the 110 schools that responded, 95 received more applications from parents than they have places available for the next academic [...]

Annal Nayyar outlines Fairer schools funding 2015 to 2016

The consultation sets out the Department for Education’s proposal to allocate an additional £350m in 2015-16, to increase the per-pupil budgets for the least fairly funded local areas. Our proposal will mean that in 2015-16, every local area will attract a minimum level of funding for each of its pupils and schools, making the distribution [...]