Archive for April, 2015

Annal Nayyar – BBC reports Reading free school The Wren set for September opening

Landowner LTC (Licensed Trade Charity) has agreed to allow The Wren School to move temporary accommodation on to the former Elvian School site. West Reading Education Network (Wren), the team behind the free school in Bath Road, said it would open to six forms of year seven students in September. The site is also being [...]

Annal Nayyar – 200 Academies – EFA Study

200 academies around the country have today received notification that they have been selected for this year’s comparison study. I will be helping schools that I support to complete this work. The Education Funding Agency (EFA) conduct this study each year to support the use of academy trusts’ accounts, with 31 August year ends, as [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Local Gov news – No more pay cuts for public sector staff, vow Lib Dems

Liberal Democrats have promised to end pay cuts for public sector workers if the party takes power in the General Election. Party leader Nick Clegg said Britain’s public sector employees now deserved ‘to see light at the end of the tunnel’ following five years of pay restraint. A long running dispute between local government staff [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Local Gov news – No more pay cuts for public sector staff, vow Lib Dems

Liberal Democrats have promised to end pay cuts for public sector workers if the party takes power in the General Election. Party leader Nick Clegg said Britain’s public sector employees now deserved ‘to see light at the end of the tunnel’ following five years of pay restraint. A long running dispute between local government staff [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs on Primary School places

One in every ten places needed for children due to start school in the autumn has not been put in place, a minister admitted yesterday. It means that local authorities have only nine months in which to build classrooms or open schools to accommodate tens of thousands of pupils. The admission came days before the [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs on first choice primary school?

One in six children is likely to miss out on their first choice primary school this year, amid warnings of an imminent crisis in securing a spot. Over half a million children across the England will find out on Thursday which primary school they will be attending in September, on what is known as primary school National [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Schools built under Gove scheme ‘are not fit for purpose’

A survey of architects and designers working on the government’s school rebuilding programme indicated that many of the projects were not fit for purpose. Michael Gove scrapped Labour’s £55 billion building schools for the future (BSF) scheme as soon as he became education secretary in 2010. This had promised to rebuild or refurbish every secondary [...]

Annal Reports on (FMGS) return

The EFA have introduced a new online form for academy trusts to use to complete and submit their financial management and governance self-assessment (FMGS) returns, due within 4 months of opening. The FMGS is a self-assessment that helps academy trusts ensure compliance with financial and governance requirements. This can be used as an annual checklist [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on the Crown Commercial Service – Energy

The Department for Education has announced an arrangement with Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to enable schools achieve greater value for money when purchasing their energy requirements. This will help minimise the issues for schools caused by the complexity and volatility of the energy markets  

New academies’ bank details

New academies should complete this form after setting up an academy bank account and email it to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) atAcademiesNewDetails.EFA@education.gsi.gov.uk. Please submit the form by the 20th of the month (or closest working day) before conversion.