Our blog on the latest issues affecting the Academy schools sector
New efficiency and self-assessment tools
September 13, 2018
The DfE have released some useful new tools that could help academies to gauge their efficiency and ensure they are managing their resources effectively.
Does your academy trust board meet often enough?
August 30, 2018
How often should the trustees of an academy trust meet? There is no right or wrong answer to this, and the number of meetings will vary considerably between trusts of different sizes and complexities.
More academies on the move – don’t forget your due diligence
August 24, 2018
The latest DfE figures suggest that the number of academy transfers between trusts has increased by 30% in the last year. With this in mind, conducting a due diligence exercise is essential and there are several things to consider when doing so.
Is your academy managing resources efficiently?
August 17, 2018
Our blog last week highlighted the importance of preparing management accounts on a regular basis and for the Governors and Trustees to review this management information – but what sort of things should the Governors be looking at to see if the academy is managing its resources effectively?
Are your management accounts fit for purpose?
August 14, 2018
The 2018 Financial Handbook (effective from 1 September this year) requires all Trusts to produce monthly management accounts, and to share these accounts with the chair of Trustees.
Academy reserves as at 31 August 2017
July 31, 2018
The DfE have published a document showing the cumulative reserves held by academy trusts at the end of the 2016/17, compared to the previous year, with some interesting results.
New national funding formula to overhaul budget allocation for schools
July 27, 2018
The government’s intention has been to move towards the setting of individual schools’ budgets based on a single NFF (the 'hard' funding formula), which would see direct funding of schools by the Department of Education.
A surprise funded rise to teacher pay, but at what cost?
July 26, 2018
The School Teachers’ Review Body has called for the 3.5% rise that the DfE have now confirmed, but despite the headlines, not everybody will be awarded this rise. The 3.5% rise will not apply to all classroom teachers and is just for those on the unqualified teacher and main pay scale.
Budget Forecast Return – more of the same, but is it?
July 11, 2018
The Risk Protection Arrangement ("RPA"), which an increasing number of academy trusts are joining as an alternative to commercial insurance, will be expanded from September 2018 to include overseas travel and cultural assets.