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Budget Forecast Returns

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As you will be aware there have been changes in the Academy Reporting in recent months, which will have an impact on your reports for the coming year. For your accounts for 2016, the Annual…

Education- Budget Update

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The last 12 months have been interesting to say the least! It started with the White Paper and the headline ”all schools to become academies” which threw the sector into change mode. The “U-turn” that…

Breaking Point – A report of the school funding crisis in 2016/17

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The NAHT have recently released their second survey of members on school funding. There were 1102 respondents of head teachers and school business managers in November and December 2016 The key messages are very similar…

Latest bench-marking survey reveals concerns

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Seven out of ten academies are operating with accounting losses, as budgets are being squeezed and schools seek to find cost savings, according to an independent survey of academies. In its 2017 release, the sixth…

Conversion grant for local authorities

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Recently local authorities have been charging schools for an element of the legal costs incurred by the local authority for the conversion process. The DfE have now recognised that the conversion process has been increasing…

Bishop Fleming helps the Charity Commission

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Bishop Fleming has been working behind the scenes to assist the Charity Commission with the development of its website and online services. We were invited to assist the Commission’s research team to establish the strengths and weaknesses…

Schools’ buying strategy document January 2017

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The DfE has published a document which it believes will be useful to academies when they are looking to save the £1 billion a year mentioned in the report and the £3 billion of savings referred to…

Academy catering – food for thought

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Academy catering is becoming a hot issue, with trusts looking to bring their catering in-house to secure greater control over the range of food offered to students. It also provides an opportunity to generate more income by being…

Academies Benchmark Report 2017

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TOUGH YEAR FOR ACADEMIES - LATEST BENCH-MARKING SURVEY REVEALS CONCERNS Seven out of ten academies are operating with accounting losses, as budgets are being squeezed and schools seek to find cost savings, according to an…

Looking to fund your apprenticeships?

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From May 2017 employers looking to fund their apprenticeships can apply for funding from a new pool of money raised via the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers can access the fund even if they haven’t paid anything…