Our blog on the latest issues affecting the Academy schools sector
NASBM/ESFA information library updates
September 18, 2017
It's worth looking at the updated NASBM/ESFA information library - you may find something on here which can save you a lot of time and from ‘re-inventing the wheel.’
The importance of maintaining a positive attitude and culture
September 11, 2017
There is a lot of doom and gloom around in the education sector at the moment, but what does this do to the culture in your organisation?
Reminder about two important changes in new AFH effective from 1 September 2017
September 4, 2017
Schools are now back after the summer break and need to ensure they are up to speed on the new requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook which are effective from 1 September.
Academy trusts and transparency: what information needs to be on your website?
August 24, 2017
The government has put a lot of emphasis on transparency within academy trusts as a key part of any effective system of governance.
Financial efficiency: does your SLT regularly consider your academy’s contact ratio?
August 14, 2017
In this pressurised financial climate one of the top planning tips we've heard about is contact ratio. Schools that find themselves in financial difficulty often have contact ratios below the target advocated by The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
End of Year Certificates for the Teachers’ Pension Scheme – what’s happening?
August 7, 2017
As you may be aware there have been delays with the issuing of End of Year Certificates (EOYC) for the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
Preparing for your academy trust’s year end audit
July 27, 2017
As academy trusts approach their financial year ends on 31 August, their finance teams and accounting officers often find themselves under pressure to prepare for their audits.
Extra funding for schools announced by Justine Greening
July 20, 2017
Justine Greening has made a promise to increase the level of core funding per pupil in England, in response to pressure from school leaders and other MPs.
New land and buildings form for academy trusts
July 13, 2017
The ESFA recently published its latest ‘Dear Accounting Officer’ letter which should have been received by all academy trusts in the UK.