Archive for September, 2015

Annal Nayyar reports Local Gov -Cost of academy conversion leaves councils in millions of debt

Councils have been left in millions of pounds of debt from converting schools into academies, according to research conducted by the BBC. The BBC investigation revealed that local authorities are forced to use their education grant to clear the debts created, which the Local Government Association say is taking vital cash from schools not involved [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Free school meals ‘could be scrapped’

Free school lunches for infants could be scrapped, as ministers seek to cut costs as part of the spending review. Nick Clegg’s flagship policy is under review despite a pledge in the Conservative manifesto to retain it, Sky News reported. There has been growing speculation in recent weeks that the scheme could be ended as the Department [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on BBC release that Heads push over school funding disparities

Huge regional disparities in funding could leave schools without teachers unless they receive some extra money, say head teachers. Funding can vary by as much as £3,000 per pupil but the government has pledged to even things out. The Association of School and College Leaders is urging ministers to “grasp the nettle” on fairer school [...]

Annal Nayyar- see link to Chief Executive and accounting officer of the Education Funding Agency (EFA), writes to accounting officers of academy trusts about financial management, accountability and governance.

From time to time and at the start of each academic year, Peter Lauener, Chief Executive and accounting officer of the Education Funding Agency (EFA), writes to accounting officers of academy trusts about financial management, accountability and governance. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letter-to-academy-trust-accounting-officers-september-2015?utm_source=EFA%20e-bulletin&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=e-bulletin&mxmroi=2305-30488-31144-0  

Annal Nayyar updates on How much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year 2015 to 2016, and advice on how to spend it.

  nding for the PE and sport premium Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. In cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), pupils aged 5 to 10 attract the funding. In most cases, we determine how many pupils in your school [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on article that outlines financial irregularity in Academies

The Observer claims that two allegations of “financial irregularity” at academies and free schools are being made each month, with 58 in the past three years and seven in the first quarter of the 2015-16 financial year. The government’s Education Funding Agency received 11 claims over the matter in 2012-13, 21 in 2013-14 and 19 in [...]

Free school meal plan could go?

The government is believed to be considering scrapping the free school meals programme introduced by Nick Clegg in a move that would save the DfE £600m a year. The scheme, which was designed to ensure all primary school children received free lunches in their first three years of education, has been criticised as it has seen examples of [...]

Annal Nayyar reports -Cameron reveals latest free schools to make the grade

The first batch of new free schools approved under David Cameron’s majority government will be announced today in the first step towards fulfilling a Conservative manifesto pledge to create 500 such schools. The prime minister will give the go-ahead to 18 more free schools to open in the next two years and invite bids for [...]