Our blog on the latest issues affecting the Academy schools sector
DfE update Governance Handbook
March 25, 2019
The Governance Handbook was published back in 2015 and is a document aimed at outlining the core role and functions of the governing board, and to be first reference point signposting to more detailed information, guidance and resources.
End of Year Certification (Non LAs)
March 21, 2019
The End of Year Certificate (EOYC) process is completed annually and begins in March. Here is a reminder of the process and some of the key dates.
Are your trustees prepared to approve the Budget Forecast Return Outturn in May?
March 15, 2019
Academy trusts have been required to complete a Budget Forecast Return Outturn (BFRO) in May for the past couple of years now.
Useful new factsheets from the ESFA
March 6, 2019
The ESFA have published some useful new factsheets to support academies with applying good practice in their financial management and assurance.
Academies: EU procurement, tendering rules and Brexit
February 26, 2019
With Brexit on the lips of everyone at the moment, it is a good time to consider the EU procurement rules which academy trusts sometimes need to comply with.
The Rise of the Multi-Academy Trust
February 21, 2019
Multi-Academy Trusts are definitely on the rise as 41.2% of all trusts are now MATs which is an increase of 3.2% on last year.
Academies to justify ‘excessive’ pay
February 12, 2019
The academies minister, Lord Agnew, has written to 28 academy trusts to ask for more details on the pay of executives who earn more than £150,000 – and those earning £100,000 if two or more people in a school earn a six-figure salary.
Public Accounts Committee Report into Academy Accounts and Performance
January 30, 2019
The Committee’s Report was commissioned as a result of several high-profile academy failures that have been costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education in those schools.
Related parties – how close is close?
January 14, 2019
The related party rules repeatedly refer to "close family" but it is often not clear what is actually meant by "close". What scenarios are acceptable?