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
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
A Freedom of Information request found only three of 53 lead schools in the pilot took on 20 or more returner teachers - despite funding for up to 40 teachers being available. Source: Pilot to return teachers to classroom failed to fill physics spaces | Schools Week
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
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
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
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
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
Perhaps they should be ensuring conditions do not make teachers leave.. Also devaluing the profession by allowing Academies to employ unqualified teachers can't be helping moral or retention either.
Here is an extract of that post which centres on the perception that the LA is close to being closed down as most schools are academies. However the truth is - 75% of schools are still LEA controlled and monitored.