Archive for January, 2015

Annal Nayyar blogs- The Academies Programme has introduced healthy competition that may have helped drive improvement in English schools since 2010

The Academies Programme has introduced healthy competition that may have helped drive improvement in English schools since 2010 say MPs, but the Department for Education must become more open about how it runs the programme and give Ofsted full powers to inspect academy chains. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news/academies-and-free-schools-report/  

Annal Nayyar Reports- Academy model may be driving improvement in English schools

The Education Committee says that competition from the academy model may be driving improvement in English schools, as it publishes its Academies and free schools report. Report: Academies and free schools Report: Academies and free schools (PDF) Inquiry: Academies and free schools Education Committee The Academies Programme has introduced healthy competition that may have helped [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs interesting article – abolish every English council and replace them with ‘mini-parliaments’

Two senior Liberal Democrats have proposed radical devolution plans that would abolish every council in England and introduce a series of ‘mini-parliaments’.   Sir Nick Harvey and Lord Tyler have suggested replacing every local authority in England with roughly 150 ‘local governments’ and up to 20 ‘regional governments’ in a bid to bring about ‘a [...]

Annal Nayyar -Ofsted to inspect academy chains

Ofsted has been given the green light to take a closer look at the work of groups running chains of academies. But it will not be allowed to make judgments about whether a trust is effective or not. Nicky Morgan said the inspectorate should be able to publish information about the performance of academy chains. [...]

Annal Nayyar reports There is new departmental advice for governing bodies

This covers Maintained schools & academies and free schools The ‘Statutory policies for schools’ page outlines the policies and other documents school governing bodies are legally required to hold. For Academies the main areas of change are sections 1.7, 2.2 and 7.6.3. Section 2.2 now includes new content on the governance structure of academies which [...]

Annal Nayyar commissioned to project manage application for a primary PRU which will form part of a Multi Academy Trust.

Annal Nayyar  commissioned to project manage application for a primary PRU which will form part of a Multi Academy Trust.

Annal Nayyar blogs -The Education Funding Agency (EFA) business cycle sets out important, useful information for the 12 months from January to December 2015

The cycle can be viewed and printed as a wall planner, with versions for academies and free schools, local authorities, schools, commercial and charitable providers, further education colleges and sixth-form colleges. Although most timings are fixed, some (where indicated) may by subject to change, for example as announcements are made throughout the year. The EFA [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs on RPA

The RPA membership rules set out the full scope of the risk protection arrangement. Members of the RPA are expected to have full knowledge of the rules and are deemed to be bound by them. In developing the detail of the RPA membership rules, DfE has consulted widely with single and multi-academy trusts as well as other stakeholders. The rules now address the [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs on interesting article Councils warn of school place ‘tipping point’

Interesting article Schools could soon face a tipping point where there is no more space or money to offer extra places to pupils that need them, the Local Government Association has warned. It is  estimated that the parents of some 370,000 three- and four-year-olds will have applied for a primary school place when the deadline [...]

Annal Nayyar updates on – new School Admissions Code

A new School Admissions Code came into force on 19 December 2014. The new code introduces a number of freedoms and new requirements. It now allows admission authorities to give priority for children eligible for the various categories of pupil premium if the change is consulted on. Non-statutory advice on implementing this is available. The [...]