Public Meeting – 31st January 2017

Hello! You are invited to attend a public meeting about the proposed multi-academy trust on Tuesday 31st January at the West Midlands Travel Sports Club in Kings Heath at 7 p.m. Governors, staff, parents (and prospective parents), teaching union representatives, MPs, councillors and other community members have been invited. A representative of the STEP schools … Continue reading Public Meeting – 31st January 2017

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Martin Straker Welds – Letter

Please see below Correspondence from Martin Straker Welds -   School Collaborations and Partnerships   I asked Colin Diamond, Executive Director (Education) for an aide-memoire that addresses the following 11 key questions about academy conversions. He has produced a measured response that attempts to separate myth form reality through a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS). … Continue reading Martin Straker Welds – Letter

WCAT abandons Hanson school | Schools Week

Another example of a trust dumping a failing school.. I wonder who will end up having to bail the school out .. The Local Authority?   A second trust given a slice of £5 million northern academy hub funding has walked away from a school in special measures – meaning it has now been in … Continue reading WCAT abandons Hanson school | Schools Week

The Estimate Cost of Academy Trusts – Opinion

Based of the figures published in the Dry Run Report for year ending 30/08/2015 covering the entire Academy estate, the following can be identified. Academy organisations add approximately 2% to the total income - contributing £324M on top of all other incomes However Academy organisations remove approx. 5% out of the budget - charging £768M … Continue reading The Estimate Cost of Academy Trusts – Opinion

Shortage of pupils closes Midland Studio Colleges in Nuneaton and Hinckley – Coventry Telegraph

from "Campaign to Save Education" If your school is facing cuts, think of where the money IS being spent. Over £1 million (excludes other running costs) was spent on start up grants to these two studio schools which have been unable to attract students and are closing over this holiday. If you are not angry … Continue reading Shortage of pupils closes Midland Studio Colleges in Nuneaton and Hinckley – Coventry Telegraph

Sector Annual Report and Accounts for Academy Schools in England For the year ended 31 August 2015

Below is a link to the DFE Dry run Sector Annual Report and Accounts for Academy Schools in England. This is a work in progress and is missing some information but still makes for an interesting read. DFE - Dry Run Report on Academys 2015  

Academies revenue funding allocations – GOV.UK

Updated Government Guidance on Academy Funding Introduction Education Funding Agency (EFA) funds academies (including free schools, university technical colleges and special academies) on the same basis as maintained schools. Allocations and payments to academies are based on an academic year, compared with financial year for maintained schools. You can read a separate guide about funding … Continue reading Academies revenue funding allocations – GOV.UK

Ofsted pleased with progress at Bristnall Hall Academy « Express & Star

To prove that we are even handed - here is an academy good news story from the Black Country.  This is regarding a school forced to become an academy due to poor performance and how this has helped it turn around. It is worth pointing out that becoming an Academy is enforced on failing schools … Continue reading Ofsted pleased with progress at Bristnall Hall Academy « Express & Star

Plymouth Cast trust issued warning notice | Schools Week

Becoming an academy does not guarantee quality or improved standards .. school performance is down to the direct school leaders and leadership not its management structure. An under-fire academy trust has been given a warning notice and told to urgently improve, just weeks after an Ofsted inspection found serious weaknesses among its schools. The government … Continue reading Plymouth Cast trust issued warning notice | Schools Week

Academy trusts spend on PR grows | Schools Week

Academisation - the freedom to transfer money from teaching to PR.. How does this help educate children? Is this what Kings Heath and Moseley Schools really need the "Freedom" to do? Councils are running classes for school managers on how to deal with the media in a crisis, while academy trusts are calling in consultants … Continue reading Academy trusts spend on PR grows | Schools Week