Archive for October, 2014

Annal Nayyar blogs interesting article -Auditors criticise ‘inconsistent’ school governance checks

Central government and local authorities do not tackle underperformance in academies and maintained schools consistently, according to the National Audit Office. Around £382m is spent each year on school oversight and intervention, but in a report published today, the NAO said neither the Department for Education not the Education Funding Agency know enough about school-level [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on census dates

Future census dates Spring 2015: census day: Thursday 15 January 2015 deadline for returns: Wednesday 11 February 2015   Summer 2015: census day: Thursday 21 May 2015 deadline for returns: Wednesday 17 June 2015  

Annal Nayyar reports Fairer schools funding: arrangements for 2015 to 2016

The documents on this page provide information about schools funding arrangements for 2015 to 2016. This includes how the Department for Education (DfE) will allocate an additional £390 million to increase the per-pupil funding of the least fairly funded local authority (LA) areas in England. Fairer schools funding: arrangements for 2015 to 2016 describes how funding [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on latest Departmental advice to help schools set out their policies on charging and remission for school activities and visits

Sections 449-462 of the Education Act 1996 sets out the law on charging for school activities in schools maintained by local authorities in England. Academies (including free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges) are required through their funding agreements to comply with the law on charging for school activities. This advice has been written [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on New funding will help most disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds

Schools, nurseries and childminders will be given up to £300 for every 3- and 4-year-old from a low-income family to help prevent them falling behind before they have even started school, the government has set out today (23 October 2014). The early years pupil premium, totalling £50 million, is designed to narrow the attainment gap [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on Fairer schools funding: arrangements for 2015 to 2016

  The documents on this page provide information about schools funding arrangements for 2015 to 2016. This includes how the Department for Education (DfE) will allocate an additional £390 million to increase the per-pupil funding of the least fairly funded local authority (LA) areas in England. Fairer schools funding: arrangements for 2015 to 2016 describes how [...]

Annal Nayyar updates on : high needs student place number exceptional cases due by 17 October

The 2015 to 2016 high needs student place number exceptional case process closes on 17 October. Any cases received after this date will not be considered. Unlike last year there will not be a formal process for academies and FE institutions to make exceptional cases directly to the EFA. Local authorities should submit cases on [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs today announcement – Information: new Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) launched

A new Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) which replaces the Building Condition Improvement Fund (BCIF) and the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF) has been launched. The programme is aimed at open academies, those with academy orders signed on or before 1 November 2014 and sixth-form colleges. Further information about the new fund is available now. The [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs today announcement that Schools Minister David Laws writes to local authorities about more funding to help schools serve universal infant free school meals.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-infant-free-school-meals-letter-from-david-laws

Annal Nayyar- Reports making special severance payments

Earlier this year the EFA released guidance aimed at academy accounting officers and finance staff considering making special severance payments.  The guidance explains the thought process you should go through, situations when you need to seek prior approval, and provides a link to the approval form that can be used to request permission from the [...]