Our blog on the latest issues affecting the Academy schools sector
The CIF 2020/21 bidding application window is now open
November 19, 2019
Academies and Sixth Form Colleges across England can now bid for a share of more than £400 million to transform their facilities, but must act quickly as the deadline is fast approaching.
School governance update from the ESFA
November 6, 2019
The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) recently published their school governance update which covered various topics.
Academies Accounts Return 2018/19
October 24, 2019
On 22 October 2019 the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) published updated guidance for completing the online academies accounts return 2018/19 form.
The importance of having a robust recovery plan
October 14, 2019
In this day and age its fair to say that one or two academy trusts are struggling to make ends meet, so it's important to have a robust recovery plan in place.
Land and buildings collection tool – submission by 4 November
October 9, 2019
The land and buildings collection tool (LBCT) is now online and the deadline for completion and submission is the 4 November.
The importance of audit management letters
September 2, 2019
An audit management letter can prove invaluable to academy trusts, as it should include thoughtful and precisely defined points for action, graded to ensure that high-risk issues are tackled immediately.
Is your academy trust managing risk adequately?
August 14, 2019
The Academies Financial Handbook, effective from 1 September, states that trusts must maintain a risk register. So how should you approach this?
Chief Executive of ESFA issues a letter to academy accounting officers
July 29, 2019
On 19 July 2019, Eileen Milner, the Chief Executive of the ESFA issued a letter to academy trust accounting officers, copied to chairs.
Academies transferring to new Academy Trusts and Grant funding
July 22, 2019
The proportion of academies moving trust and that have received grant funding has decreased from 31 percent in 2016-17 to 26 percent in 2018-19.