Archive for June, 2015

Annal Nayyar blogs School governors to be named on national database

A national database of school governors in England is going to be created, says the government. Until now there has been no central register of who is serving as a school governor. The announcement is a response to the Trojan Horse claims about schools in Birmingham being taken over by groups with a hardline Muslim [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Tough targets to stop schools from ‘coasting’

Grammar schools and high-performing comprehensives and primaries are expected to be among hundreds of schools targeted in a crackdown on ”coasting” schools. Head teachers who fail to ensure that bright children are stretched to their full potential will be removed or have academy sponsors imposed. Ministers accept that some schools rated “good” by Ofsted are [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs a report -National tests for England’s infant pupils ‘could return’

Ministers are planning to revive national tests for seven-year-olds in England, according to the Times Educational Supplement. Currently, Year 2 pupils sit tests in reading, writing, maths and science which are marked by teachers and moderated by local councils. The results of any new tests would be used to hold schools to account on pupils’ progress, [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs report – Teachers told to name pupils at risk of radicalisation

TEACHERS will be legally required to identify and report children thought to be vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists, according to guidance being sent to all schools tomorrow. A manual has been sent to every local council outlining the training to be given to all schools. It sets out steps to help staff identify children vulnerable [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Fewer pupils signed up to PPG

A government priority in providing  free school meals for all students between the ages of five and seven could see disadvantaged pupils worse off as the scheme takes away one of the incentives which encouraged parents to sign up for the pupil premium initiative. Registration for pupil premium funding provides a free school meal for [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Tories’ flagship free school outperforms Wellington and Marlborough in A level results

The Tories’ flagship free school, the London Academy of Excellence, has outperformed the likes of Wellington College, Roedean and Marlborough College. Set up in Newham, a deprived part of East London, the school is the first of its kind to see more students score AAB in at least two subjects commonly required by universities, like [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on – Ofsted purges 1,200 ‘not good enough’ inspectors

Ofsted is ditching 1,200 school and college inspectors after assessing them as not good enough to judge schools. The move by England’s education inspectorate is part of its plan to improve quality and consistency, and bring inspections in-house. Ofsted had been using about 3,000 additional inspectors, contracted through inspection service providers. Teachers have long complained [...]

Annal Nayyar report on The Education Secretary welcomes the latest Ofsted inspection data.

Today (16 June 2015) Ofsted published data on the latest inspection results for schools in England, which reveal the proportion of schools rated good or outstanding is at its highest level on record. As of March this year, the figures show: 82% of schools are rated good or outstanding, up 1 percentage point since August last year the [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on Submitting your academy trust’s 2014 to 2015 accounts to EFA

You will need to: complete a short online form covering important information from your audited accounts upload your audited accounts and auditor’s management letter to EFA’s Document Exchange We will publish further information on how to do this by the autumn. New trusts incorporated on or after 1 March 2015 need to contact EFA by [...]

annal nayyar blogs 14-15 The Academies Accounts Direction is the reference pack for academy trusts and their auditors to use when preparing and auditing financial statements for the accounting period ending on 31 August annually.

14-15 The Academies Accounts Direction is the reference pack for academy trusts and their auditors to use when preparing and auditing financial statements for the accounting period ending on 31 August annually. To produce the Accounts Direction, EFA takes requirements set out by the Charity Commission in its Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and translates [...]