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

DfE writes off free school funding | Schools Week

More wasted money... The government has written off £800,000 it was unable to claw back from free schools.Schools Week revealed last month that the DfE needed to claw back £11 million from more than 100 free schools after they failed to recruit the expected numbers of pupils in the past academic year.New free schools are … Continue reading DfE writes off free school funding | 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

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

Academies: information for new openers – GOV.UK

Guidance from the Government for New Academies regarding Funding and other issues. Important information that new academies will need in the first period of opening. Source: Academies: information for new openers - GOV.UK Related Links Queensbridge – Acknowledgement of FOI Request Wheelers Lane Technology College – Response from Governors Comments from Mike Leddy – Labour … Continue reading Academies: information for new openers – GOV.UK

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

Department for Education annual accounts 2015-16: key findings | Schools Week

Interesting to see where the DfE is spending our Tax Money... The Department for Education has published its annual accounts for 2015-16. As expected, the government’s spending watchdog has once again warned that the accounts lack “truth and fairness”. Schools Week has taken a forensic look at what the rest of the accounts tell us… … Continue reading Department for Education annual accounts 2015-16: key findings | Schools Week

Birmingham MPs write to Chancellor to ask for a fair funding deal for our city

The Birmingham group of nine Labour MPs, including Roger, wrote to Phillip Hammond MP to ask for a fair funding deal, and to warn that without one the consequences for Britain’s second city would be “catastrophic”. The MPs wrote that: “Birmingham City Council has suffered the biggest cuts in local government history - and this … Continue reading Birmingham MPs write to Chancellor to ask for a fair funding deal for our city

BBC News: School parents lobbied as budgets tighten

Parents in England will be hearing a lot more about school budgets in the next few years. Until recently many will not have tuned into the gap - which can be as much as £2,000 to £3,000 per pupil - between different areas. But with the stakes increasingly high for schools as their budgets tighten, … Continue reading BBC News: School parents lobbied as budgets tighten